By Professor Paula Gerber. In , the Howard Government amended the Marriage Act to define marriage as being between a man and a woman. Prior to this amendment, marriage had been expressed in gender neutral terms. This change to the Marriage Act was rushed through Parliament in order to prevent same-sex couples who had legally married in Canada having their marriages recognised in Australia. At the time, John Howard said :.
Ten Arguments From Social Science Against Same-Sex Marriage
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The heterosexual community often take for granted the freedom to marry, which is seen as the ultimate commitment of love to another person. With Ireland recently voting to recognise and allow gay marriage within its country the question should be asked, why is Australia trailing behind the rest of the world? Keeping in mind that Ireland has a high population of the Catholic community and was the first country to put the questions to the people in a referendum. Should Australia legislate to allow gay marriage? In order to shed some light on the question we will examine gay marriage around the world and the arguments for and against it. Gay marriage has been recognised around the world in three ways. Firstly an act of parliament can legislate to allow gay marriage; a court can make a ruling stating that gay marriage is constitutional; or a referendum can be held changing the constitution of a country if one exists to include gay marriage.
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Same-sex marriage has been legalized in twenty-eight countries, including the United States, and civil unions are recognized in many Western democracies. Civil Society. While same-sex marriage has made the most gains in Western democracies, antidiscrimination laws are gaining traction worldwide.