Opposition to Same-Sex Marriage Falling Like Dominoes in Australia

When dominoes are lined up just right, the first one to tip onto its neighbor starts a chain reaction. That is what is happening in Australia, as state and territory legislators vote their support of marriage equality for the country’s same-sex couples.

Last September, Tasmania’s Parliament passed a motion in support of marriage equality in Australia, by a vote of 13 to 9. Then in November, the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly approved a motion calling on the federal government to allow same-sex marriages.

Now Coalition MPs in the New South Wales Upper House of the Parliament have voted 22 to 16 in support of marriage equality. All three votes call on the federal government to reform the Marriage Act so that same-sex couples can wed.

Alex Greenwich, national convener of Australian Marriage Equality said:

The motion says to all federal parliamentarians that this is an important issue Australians want resolved.

As more parliamentarians open their hearts and minds to the issue support inevitably increases.

Greens MP Cate Faehrmann, who brought the private-member’s bill before the NSW Legislative Council, said:

This is a great day. I congratulate my NSW Upper House colleagues for their leadership. Today we are on the right side of history.

Denying anyone the right to marry who they love is ludicrous. It’s last century and it’s time our Federal Parliament caught up.

Opposition comments will sound familiar to anyone who has followed debates in Canada (where same-sex marriage has been allowed since 2005), the U.K. (where it is not legal) and the U.S. (where only a handful of states grant marriage equality). “The Age” reported comments from Labor Leader Luke Foley, who said:

…that as a practising Catholic he believed civil unions were more appropriate for gay couples than marriage.

”I do believe that homosexual relationships are different to a married relationship,” he said, adding a ”procreative relationship open to the possibility of children” was an ”essential feature of marriage”.

Another Liberal member, Matthew Mason-Cox trotted out the polygamy argument:

Indeed, if one was to take the notion of equality of marriage to its logical conclusion, then there would be no reason to stand in the way of polygamist marriages, or other variants.

‘This is the so-called slippery slope in this debate which has manifested itself overseas in some jurisdictions where same-sex marriage has been allowed.’

Mason-Cox may have been thinking of Canada, where the issue of a polygamous Mormon community was brought before the courts and declared illegal. In fact, in countries where same-sex marriage is allowed, the result has been anything but earth shaking for the institution of marriage. What it has done is strip away one of the remaining excuses for marginalizing the LGBTQ community.

Pressure is mounting for a conscience vote in Australia’s federal parliament. With the first three jurisdictions having voted in favor of allowing same-sex marriages, the dominoes are beginning to fall. As Steve Williams wrote last October, the majority of Australians support marriage equality. It is time for their government to catch up.

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Elizabeth L.
Elizabeth L.3 years ago

Unfortunately with Tony Abbott ruling the liberal party with an iron fist its unlikely. He will not allow members of his party a conscience vote. He is a good Catholic and has already helped to destroy the Northern Territory's Euthanasia Laws
We have just had a change of government in Queensland and the first items of business (passed within 2 weeks) were anti-gay laws. Same party.

Suzy D.
Suzy D.3 years ago

Good on ya sports !

Leia P.
Leia P.3 years ago

good news

Andrew Carvin
Andrew Carvin3 years ago

I made a video about why Homosexuals should have equal rights. It’s at my YouTube channel Zarrakan, and here’s the link:


Watch it, share it, and join the fight against the evil Homophobes.

Mari Garcia
Mari Garcia3 years ago

Ainsey, f*ck your bible and f*ck your god. You beliefs should not dictate my right to marry my partner, nor does it mean that we all have to believe what you believe, just because you really, really, really, think you are right. If you have a problem with gays, go find a site that enjoys your point of view and stop spreading you hate. Oh, and if you're offended by what I said, well then, be happy I censored myself, and I don't mean the little * I used.

Jane L.
Jane L.3 years ago

It's things like this that make me proud to be Canadian! I'm glad Australia is catching on. It often fascinates me how a country like Australia can be so quick to change whereas opposition or challenges seem to be ongoing forever in other countries...

Ainsley Chalmers
Ainsley Chalmers3 years ago

Same sex marriage are not God's way (read the bible) despite what most politicians and famous folk may think. God cannot bless a nation that allows these kinds of laws.

Lynne B.
Lynne Buckley3 years ago

Good news

Joseph Belisle
Joseph Belisle3 years ago

Cheers Australia!

Though I do have to point out a serious issue. Canada has had gay marraige for several years now and now they have a conservative government that's undermining the nation. You decide for yourself! Is gay marraige ruining Canada?
Sorry, that was just a joke.

Sue Jones
Sue Jones3 years ago

"thing or two" - sorry for the happy fingers this morning.