Isn’t it enough that Australia already recognises civil unions and de facto relationships — why do we need marriage equality?

Isn’t it enough that Australia already recognises civil unions and de facto relationships — why do we need marriage equality?

Right now all couples can have their relationship recognised as a ‘de facto’ union under Australian law if they meet certain criteria, namely living together.

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However, just like other couples who live together and then choose to marry, marriage is also important to many same-sex couples. Marriage matters to people, regardless of gender.

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 legal equality. Only marriage can achieve that.

Affirming all couples’ freedom to marry says that we are a country that believes in treating people equally — that we value love and commitment and believe every Australian has the right to happiness.

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published this page in Section FAQ 2016-09-30 10:22:36 +1000

All Australians should be able to get married

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