It’s true that all couples can have their relationship recognised as a ‘de facto’ union under Australian law if they meet certain criteria (namely living together). However just like other couples live together and then choose to marry, marriage is also important to many same-sex couples. Marriage is important to Australian society and it’s important to Australian couples. This is an issue of fairness and equality. Our laws should reflect the values we’re most proud of as Australians, and here we believe in treating all people equally. Both civil unions and same-sex law reform have been positive steps embraced by Australian society and many LGBTI couples. However they still fall short of full Constitutional equality. Only marriage can achieve that.