Marriage equality



Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey

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

Report on the Commonwealth Government's Exposure Draft of the Marriage Amendment (Same-Sex Marriage) Bill

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

Same sex marriage plebiscite 'surest and most immediate path' to reform: Attorney-General Brandis

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...

The plebiscite problem

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...

Marriage equality

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...

Marriage equality

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 marriage equality...

The forgotten freedom: threats to religious liberty in Australia

Many religious believers are concerned that aggressive secularism is driving religion from the public sphere where it is practised, argues this report. Overview The campaign for what has been dubbed ‘marriage equality’ is gaining ground in many Western countries, including Australia, despite religious and secular...
Fact sheet

Marriages, civil unions, and divorces: year ended December 2013

Statistics NZ is responsible for releasing marriage and civil union registration data. Data refers to marriages and civil unions that have occurred and been registered with Births, Deaths, and Marriages. Provisional civil union and marriage quarterly data will be available from Statistics NZ within five...
Fact sheet

Fact Check: Will the ACT's marriage equality bill survive a High Court challenge?

ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher claims the ACT's marriage equality laws can operate concurrently with the federal Marriage Act.
Briefing paper

Marriage equality in a changing world

The Australian Human Rights Commission considers that the fundamental human rights principle of equality means that civil marriage should be available, without discrimination, to all couples, regardless of sex, sexual orientation or gender identity. Under the Marriage Act 1961 (Cth) (Marriage Act), marriage is defined...

Not so private lives

Not So Private Lives is the first national study to examine same-sex attracted Australians’ preferences for various forms of relationship recognition since the introduction of de facto status for same-sex couples at a federal level. It is also the first major study to investigate preferences...