Marriage and relationships

Marriage and relationships issues.

When is marriage equality not marriage equality?

I support marriage equality and acknowledge the great work done by Australian Marriage Equality (AME) over the years. I am disappointed however, that they are now pushing legislation in NSW and Tasmania that will exclude some intersex and trans people from marriage. This clearly is not “marriage equality” which is why I am calling on AME…
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Congratulations, Tony and Manja!

Tony Briffa, our Vice President, is getting married to Manja today in council chambers in Dunedin, NZ. Tony is a Councillor and former Mayor of Hobsons Bay, Victoria. We share Tony and Manja’s excitement! We hope that today is beautiful for both Tony and Manja and we wish them heartfelt best wishes for a wonderful…
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We welcome the ACT Marriage Equality Bill

Congratulations to the ACT government for today tabling their Marriage Equality Bill! The Bill is very inclusive: it permits everyone not covered under the Commonwealth Marriage Act to get married, so couples that are not comprised of “a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others” will be able to get married (and…
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On the NSW same sex marriage report

We’ve had some time to reflect on the NSW Parliamentary Social Issues Committee report on same sex marriage. It contains mixed news for intersex people. The nub of the issue for us can be seen in the two consecutive paragraphs in the NSW inquiry report on page 80. One the one hand, the Committee recognise…
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Gina Wilson writes on the NSW Marriage Equality Bill

OII Australia was recently invited to attend a briefing on the proposed NSW Marriage Equality bill at parliament house and Gina Wilson attended as president of the organisation. A number of issues were discussed in respect of intersex people. It is now possible for intersex people to have an ‘X’ as sex designator on their…
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First thoughts on the NSW Marriage Equality Bill

An inter-party group of parliamentarians in New South Wales have gotten together to establish a working group on marriage equality, and proposals have just been published in a consultation draft. While we’re pleased to see a cross-party collaboration, we have to admit to some very significant concerns about the proposals. Firstly, despite a suggestion from…
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