Same-sex marriage


4 Dec 2017

The Australia Institute and the LGBTI National Health Alliance surveyed more than 9,500 LGBTIQ+ Australians and their allies between 16 October and 14 November 2017, of whom more than 7,500 completed every question.

These are preliminary results from selected questions...


24 Nov 2017

Since the 2004 amendment to the Marriage Act 1961 (Cth) which inserted the current definition of marriage, 23 bills dealing with marriage equality or the recognition of overseas same-sex marriages have been introduced into the federal Parliament. Four bills have come to a vote: three...


15 Nov 2017

The results are in. View the details of the survey results.

Australians were asked to answer the following question in a postal survey:

Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?

Of the eligible Australians who expressed a...


13 Nov 2017

This is a draft Bill for an Act to amend the law relating to the definition of marriage and to protect freedom of thought, conscience, religion, expression and association, and for related purposes.

Audio interview

10 Nov 2017

Australians appear to have moved little in their views on same sex marriage, despite two months of public to-ing and fro-ing as the postal survey has played out.

The results are due to be released next Wednesday, but a YouGov poll out today found...


27 Sep 2017

How many Australians have already returned their same-sex marriage survey to the Australian Bureau of Statistics? Might it be about 2.4 million? Or more than double that, 5.8 million? Or could it be as high as 10.4 million?

The people at Newspoll, whose results...


12 Sep 2017

The postal marriage survey starts popping into letterboxes today, and if the deadline to return it were this Friday, or next, we know exactly what the result would be: an easy win for Yes.

Opinion polls tell us so. Polls can be wrong, but...


7 Sep 2017

The High Court has struck down the challenges to the same-sex marriage ballot, clearing the way for voting papers to start going out next week.

The court’s decision was handed down at 2:15pm (AEST) while Question Time was on in federal parliament. Malcolm Turnbull...


21 Aug 2017

On 9 August it was announced that the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) would run a non-binding and voluntary postal survey on the issue of same-sex marriage.

The ABS will obtain information from the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) so that they can send postal...


10 Aug 2017

The same-sex marriage referendum caravan has meandered into the home straight and, barring a successful High Court challenge, Australian opinion pollsters will soon be grappling with estimating voter turnout by demographic, as overseas counterparts have for decades. The ballots will be sent out in early...


6 Aug 2017

This is a draft Bill for an Act to amend the law relating to the definition of marriage and protect religious freedoms, and for related purposes.

Research report

15 Feb 2017

The committee embarked on this task cognisant of the deeply held beliefs and aspirations of people engaged in this national debate, regardless of how they view the institution of marriage. Debate surrounding previous bills introduced, and associated inquiries undertaken, into the issue of same-sex marriage...

Audio interview

14 Sep 2016

Once the plebiscite bill for same sex marriage is passed by the House of Representatives, it will then be tested on the floor of the Senate, where it now looks unlikely to get the support the government needs. Federal Attorney-General, George Brandis, has appealed to...



13 Sep 2016

Like much else in the forty-fifth parliament’s infancy, the same-sex marriage plebiscite has become hostage to the dynamics of contemporary politics: a weakened prime minister, a ferociously oppositional federal opposition led by a man also less than secure in his job, and a large, attention-craving...

Discussion paper

20 Jul 2016

The High Court in 2013 overturned the understanding of marriage in the Marriage Act 1961 as an exclusive, voluntary, heterosexual union for life, and that the Constitution therefore allowed the introduction of same sex marriage if the Parliament so decided. It is argued that the...


11 May 2016

Most Australians support marriage equality and the Sex Discrimination Amendment (Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Intersex Status) Act 2013 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexuality. However, the Marriage Amendment Act 2004 discriminates on the basis of sex, sexuality and gender by not allowing same...



15 Apr 2016

If we go ahead with the same-sex marriage and Indigenous recognition referendums, then let's hold them alongside the election. The weight of history is behind such a move, writes Peter Brent.


22 Mar 2016

Right around the world, marriage equality is becoming a reality for many LGBTI couples.

We have an exciting opportunity here – let’s work together and get marriage equality in place.

With the support of the majority of Australians, the time is right for...

Research report

8 Sep 2015

Australia has achieved a high degree of equality between the treatment of same-sex and heterosexual relationships with marriage remaining the one significant area of difference.

Executive summary

Same-sex marriage has been on the political agenda in Australia for several years, as part...


29 Jun 2015

Overview: The recent result of the Irish referendum and the decision of the United States Supreme Court in favour of same-sex marriage has given the Australian campaign for marriage equality new momentum. The most recent same-sex marriage bill was introduced in early June 2015...