Marriage and relationships

Marriage and relationships issues.

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Intersex people and marriage, an analysis by Gina Wilson

In the light of debate around same sex marriage, marriage equality and the legal recognition of intersex people, Gina Wilson writes on the marriage rights of intersex people. The first thing to address is our right to marriage of any sort. When the Howard government proposed changes to the definition in the Marriage Act so…
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Parliament

Senate enquiry into marriage equality: Gina Wilson (OII Aus) and Chris Meney (Catholic ‘Life, Marriage & Family Centre’) testify

On 4 May 2012, the federal Senate received oral submissions on the issue of marriage equality in a session at the NSW State Parliament. The raw transcript is enlightening about local Catholic hierarchy attitudes towards intersex people. Here, Senator Louise Pratt, Senator for Western Australia, asks a question of Chris Meney, of the Catholic ‘Life,…
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Submission to the 2012 Senate enquiry on marriage equality

Honourable Senators, (introduction on OII Australia omitted) OII Australia supports the rights of all Australians to marriage. We support the submissions of the NSW and Victorian Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby, The LGBTI Health Alliance and those of Dr Paul Martin and others that demonstrate the positive mental health outcomes for LGBTI (Lesbian Gay Bisexual…
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OII Australia tenders resignation from marriage equality campaigner CAAH

It is with great regret that we tender the resignation of OII Australia from CAAH – Community Action Against Homophobia. For some years now OII Australia, represented by our president, Gina Wilson, has participated in CAAH’s Campaign for Marriage Equality meetings and actions. We welcomed the opportunity to raise intersex experiences of homophobia and contribute to…
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Marriage Equality Rally at ALP National Conference, Sydney, 3rd December 2011

OII Australia members were inside the ALP National Conference at Darling Harbour and were supporting the marriage equality rally outside the conference venue on Saturday December 3 2011. Intersex Australians lost the clear right to marriage when the Howard Liberal federal government amended the Marriage Act 1961, changing the definition of marriage as between two…
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Ninth day of intersex: Domestic violence

On the Ninth Day of Intersex we draw your attention to domestic violence and how that affects intersex lives. What is intersex? Intersex people are people who, as individuals, have congenital genetic, hormonal and physical features that may be thought to be typical of both male and female at once. That is, we may be…
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Sixth day of intersex: Marriage

On the Sixth Day of Intersex we draw your attention to intersex and the right to marry. What is intersex? Intersex people are people who, as individuals, have congenital genetic, hormonal and physical features that may be thought to be typical of both male and female at once. That is, we may be thought of…
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Rally for marriage equality rally in Sydney, 13 August

We have published some photographs from last Saturday’s rally for marriage equality in Sydney. Members of OII Australia often choose to attend these events because intersex people do not have the equal right to marriage in Australia under the amendments to the Marriage Act 1961. Although we did not contribute a speech on the lack…
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