Tony Abbott has flagged a plebiscite, or ‘people’s vote’, on same-sex marriage.
Every generation in the last 150 years has seen in Australia a contest over marriage which reflects shifting positions on its defining features, and its associated rights and obligations.
‘Marriage equality’ is directly linked to gender equality.
At the heart of the debate around the language of marriage is a conflict about whether a marriage between same-sex partners is the same or different to a marriage between opposite sex partners.
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Senators Cory Bernardi and Penny Wong faced off in a debate on same-sex marriage on Wednesday.
The same-sex marriage debate between senators Cory Bernardi and Penny Wong exposed four myths about marriage that have plagued recent debates worldwide.
In a marriage, a man and a woman beget children who are ‘flesh of their flesh’.
The reality, for all intents and purposes in areas like the law, superannuation and dealing with financial matters, is that same-sex couples have the same rights as heterosexual couples.
Singer and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Angelique Kidjo is part of the international lobby making progress against early marriage.
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The sacrament of marriage that takes place in the eyes of God is a separate process from the state’s legal recognition of the coupling.
The sacrament of marriage does not depend on the law, which exists only to regulate the rights and responsibilities arising from the practice. For religious believers, same-sex marriage won't change their union.
Policymakers and the outcomes they produce can play a powerful role in shaping public opinion on questions of same-sex rights.
Government policies regulating sexuality play a significant role in shaping citizens’ attitudes about sexual orientation and same-sex relationships.
A family is a family.
Gay marriage opponents argue that children need a mother and a father. The law says otherwise.
Even for couples who work full time, the burden of less fun forms of parenting, like changing diapers, often falls on the mother.
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