Importance Of Same Sex Marriage In Australia

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Society has become outdated; we live in an age where traditional values are continuously challenged. Tradition around families has been slowly deteriorating over the past decades. So, what is the issue when legalising same-sex marriage? The issue is the government. The public although divided on the topic, have a majority of supporting votes. Currently in Australia the legal definition of marriage is “the union of a man and a woman to the exclusions of all other, voluntarily entered into for life.” This needs to change to allow equal rights to all Australians regarding marriage.
Individuals that have a vested interest in the issue and the outcomes of same-sex marriage are called stakeholders in this act include the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,
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In the past, the traditional setting of a family consisted of a man, a woman and two children; this has now changed within a multiple amount of likely household situations. This ‘new’ norm can be hard for some to grasp as it is essentially, a change in culture. However, this doesn’t mean that marriage equality should be pushed away, and brought up later, in fact this should result in the legislation being amended to include same-sex marriage in order to ensure equality. The definition of equality is key in this case, defined as the state of being equal, especially in status, rights, or opportunities. Marriage is a status, a status that everyone I worthy of unless you are homosexual. The right and opportunity to marry whoever you want to spend the rest of your life with, this however is not available to same-sex couples. A reason that many believe why same-sex marriage should not be legalised is children, people believe that children should grow up with opposite sex parents. This has nothing to do with legalising same-sex marriage, marriage does not mean procreation. Marriage is defined as the legally or formally recognized union of a man and a woman (or, in some jurisdictions, two people of the same sex) as partners in a relationship. Procreate is defined as (of people or animals) produce young; reproduce. Nowhere in these two definitions do the interrelate. As stated by Simon Mann in The Age “But they know - and regret - that in many instances the horse has bolted. For many heterosexuals, procreation is not confined to marriage - one in three children is born out of wedlock. Single women choose to have children, some through state-funded IVF, which is also available to same-sex couples. Gays and lesbians can adopt children in some Australian states, although not in Victoria.” What about infertile

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