Same Sex Marriage

After fine-tuning an earlier version, Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren introduced her Same-Sex Marriage Bill late 2013 to the West Australian Parliament. If passed, the Bill will establish same-sex marriage in Western Australia, building on momentum across Australia to close this gap of inequality once and for all.

The Same-Sex Marriage Bill 2013 will allow the authorisation of celebrants and the registration of same-sex marriages via an amendment to the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 1998. It also provides for the dissolution and annulment of same-sex marriages, and for related financial matters via amendments to the Family Court Act 1997.

In 2013 the state based ACT same-sex marriage bill was defeated by the High Court. Ms MacLaren worked alongside constitutional lawyer George Williams and other experts to ensure the WA bill had the strongest chance of surviving a potential High Court challenge.
A recent 2014 Crosby|Textor poll revealed that across the country:

•    72% (almost three-quarters) of Australians now support legalising same-sex marriage with
•    48% ‘strongly supporting’ it. 
•    21% (just a fifth) opposed this to any degree whilst those strongly opposed, has shrunk to 14%.


Ms MacLaren is working to end inequality for gay and lesbian couples in the state because:
•    Excluding same-sex couples from marriage devalues the status of a loving relationship and can negatively impact on the mental health and wellbeing of gay and lesbian people.
•    Children of gay and lesbian couples should have the right to feel like any other Australian family where marriage is an accessible symbol of lifelong commitment.
•    Same-Sex Marriage legislation will help reduce the stigma and prejudice experienced by gay and lesbian people on a daily basis.

Ms MacLaren has also continued to work toward reducing homophobic bullying and transphobia in the state.

Ms MacLaren’s bill is set to be debated later on in 2014.

Use the attached template to urge your State MP to support same-sex marriage.

Find out about recent statistics on same-sex marriage support here.

 

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