Same-sex marriages are currently not permitted under Australian federal law. Although same-sex couples in de facto relationships have had most of the legal rights of married couples since July 2009, there is however no national registered partnership or civil union scheme. Public opinion polls in Australia consistently show majority support for same-sex marriage, yet political and legal opposition to it has stymied a number of recent attempts at state and federal level to legislate for ‘marriage equality’, which would require amending the federal Marriage Act.
Should marriage only be between a man and a woman, or are same-sex attracted people being denied the right to have their unions honoured by church and state in a modern society which should recognise long-term commitment in relationships, regardless of sexuality? What are the social, political, legal and religious considerations in the same-sex marriage debate? A balanced range of opinions from key commentators is presented in this book.
Chapter 1: Same-sex relationships and marriage Chapter 2: Opinions opposed to same-sex marriage Chapter 3: Opinions in favour of same-sex marriage Worksheets and activities; Glossary; Fast facts; Web links; Index