Tag: same-sex marriage

  • THE HIGH COURT DECIDES – THE MARRIAGE SURVEY WILL PROCEED

    THE HIGH COURT DECIDES –  THE MARRIAGE SURVEY WILL PROCEED

    By Maria O’Sullivan Today the High Court handed down a decision that will have ramifications for a very important social issue: the lack of marriage equality in Australia. In the two cases – Wilkie and others v The Commonwealth and Australian Marriage Equality Ltd and others v Minister for Finance – the High Court rejected […]

  • 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. […]

  • Ian Thorpe came out, but not in Australia – a wise decision

    By Paula Gerber Few who watched Ian Thorpe’s “coming out” interview with British interviewer Michael Parkinson on Sunday night could have  failed to be moved by his story. The anxiety and turmoil he felt in telling the world he is gay was apparent for all to see. Thorpe told Parky: I’m ashamed I didn’t come […]

  • The High Court – coming to a Centre Stage near you

    By Sarah Joseph In coming months, the High Court – the highest court in Australia and the final arbiter on the meaning of the Constitution – will decide several high-profile cases. These decisions, which may result in the striking down of legislation passed by parliaments across Australia, will reverberate both politically and socially throughout the […]

  • Decriminalising homosexuality worldwide: should Australia get involved?

    By Paula Gerber, Monash University and Joel Gory, Monash University In Australia, there is an ongoing debate around the right for same-sex couples to marry. The majority of laws discriminating against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people were repealed in 2008. Earlier this year, the Sex Discrimination Act (1984) was also amended to prohibit […]

  • 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 […]

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