Same Sex Marriage In Australia

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Marriage law in Australia does not legally recognise same-sex marriage, and therefore, does not uphold society’s values and expectations. The phenomenon of same-sex marriage is gaining more popularity every day as society strives for equality for all individuals. The matter has already been enacted in many jurisdictions around the world. However, the Australian legal system remains reluctant in regulating same-sex relationships into marriages. Although this may be true, there has been recent development in Australian law regarding relationship recognition, which suggests the possibility of further demarche in the future.
This essay will discuss the need to amend the Marriage Act 1961 (Cth), the inadequacy of de facto status as sole recognition
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This information eliminates any evidence suggesting same-sex couples are content with de facto status or have no interest in marriage. The survey found that 54.1 percent of same-sex participants prefer marriage, and approximately 80 percent believe marriage should be legalised in Australia. Results found that over 65 percent of those under 20 years, and more than 62 percent of those under 30 years selected marriage as their personal preference. The number of votes within each age bracket is unknown. (Dane S., 2009) This increasing support for same-sex marriage runs parallel with the increasing number of countries legalising same-sex marriage and the number of same-sex supporters. Legalising same-sex marriage will increase the number of foreign same-sex couples who visit Australia. This is economically advantageous, promoting tourism, generating more jobs, and income for …show more content…
The number of marriages recorded between 1901 and 2011 has seen a steady increase (see appendix ii.) According to the 2011 Australian Census, the number of heterosexual marriages recorded in Australia was 121,750. In comparison, 33,714 same-sex couples were recorded in the same year (Lowe A., 2012). From this information, it can be assumed that the number of same-sex marriages will remain lower to the number of heterosexual marriages. This can be attributed to the large population difference between the number of heterosexual and same-sex attracted Australians. However, if there was a reform, there would be a rise in the number of same-sex attracted Australians revealing their

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