Tag: gay marriage

  • A plebiscite on same-sex marriage would be inconsistent with children’s rights

    A plebiscite on same-sex marriage would be inconsistent with children’s rights

    By Paula Gerber The Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs is conducting an inquiry into whether Australia should have a plebiscite on same-sex marriage. It has received a total of 36 submissions from individuals and organisations, which are both for and against holding a national vote. The committee conducted public hearings on September 10. […]

  • A Constitutional Referendum: a Hail Mary for those opposed to Marriage Equality

    A constitutional referendum: a ‘Hail Mary’ for those opposed to same-sex marriage Sarah Joseph, Monash University On Tuesday, August 11, prospects for same-sex marriage legislation in Australia in the near future were quashed when the governing Coalition partyroom voted against a conscience vote in favour of maintaining opposition to same-sex marriage. However, senior members of […]

  • Protecting the rights of LGBTI people: are things getting better or worse?

    By Paula Gerber For much of 2014, we have seen a worsening of the situation for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people around the world. There have been new crimes of ‘aggravated homosexuality’ created in Uganda and Nigeria, while Brunei announced that it will be introducing the death penalty for people convicted of […]

  • The same-sex marriage implications for Australia from the US election and abroad

    The same-sex marriage implications for Australia from the US election and abroad By Paula Gerber The main stories coming out of the recent elections in the United States have of course been that Barack Obama won a second term, and which party controls the House and the Senate. However, the election produced a number of […]

  • Opening up Marriage to Same-sex Couples

    By Paula Gerber On 16th November 2010, I had a bit of a chat with Jon Faine on 774 ABC radio about why same-sex couples should be allowed to marry. While there are numerous justifications for ending the ban on same-sex marriage, I focused on the following arguments: 1. Same-sex marriage is in the best […]