Gay Marriage Bill ‘Most Strongly Supported in Australian History’


Rights groups in Australia have declared there is landslide support for marriage equality after at least 45,000 Australians have sent positive submissions to a Senate inquiry into legalizing marriage rights for same-sex couples.

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Australian Marriage Equality national convener, Alex Greenwich, said the submissions reflect the diversity of Australian society.

“There are compelling and detailed submissions from Liberal and Labor MPs, from State Premiers past and present, from small businesses, from mental health and legal organisations, from gay couples and their families and from many people of faith”, Mr Greenwich said.

“There are also submissions from tens of thousands of ordinary heterosexual Australians for whom this issue has became a symbol of their aspiration for a fair and tolerant Australia where all couples and families are treated equally.”
“What we have seen is a landslide of support not just for marriage equality but for a better Australia.”

Mr Greenwich said that in advance of the submission deadline of 5pm today, 28,000 submissions had been made through his organisation’s website and 17,000 through the website of activist organisation, Get Up! A large number of pro-equality submissions have also been sent directly to committee.

It is believed the level of support is four times the number of pro-marriage equality submissions the Senate received during its 2009 marriage equality inquiry.

It is also almost four times the number of write-ins for the largest inquiry on record, and that was for a 1997 Northern Territory bill that dealt with the topic of euthanasia.

Mr. Greenwich is keen to point out that the staggering number of submissions reflects just how engaged Australians are with this fight, reportedly saying:

“The number of submissions proves that active support for marriage equality has grown exponentially over the past few years.”

“Australians don’t just support marriage equality, they support it passionately.”

Pro-equality submissions have been received from NSW Nationals MLC, Trevor Khan, former NSW Labor Premier, Kristina Keneally, Wallabies rugby star, David Pocock, Screen Writer and Director, Stephan Elliot, Professor Kerryn Phelps, Justice Michael Kirby, Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore, and Tasmanian Premier Lara Giddings.

Among the organizations to offer favorable submissions are The Australian Psychological Association, The Australian Medical Students Association,  Amnesty International, a number of clergy including the dean of St John’s Anglican Cathedral in Brisbane, as well as Christian Life Centre, Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), The Humanist Society of Victoria, and the Family Council of Victoria. Due to the volume of submissions not all have been put up on the website but a selection can be seen here.

The summary of current submissions on the Parliament of Australia’s website says that, as of March 26, around 54 percent of those who had made submissions agreed the law should be changed to allow for equal marriage rights. Forty-five per cent disagreed and one percent were undecided.

The bill, the Marriage Equality Amendment Bill 2010, was proposed by the Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young.

“Australians have made their voices clear,” said Green in a statement. ”Now it’s up to parliamentarians from both sides to listen to them and act accordingly.”

The legal and constitutional affairs committee is scheduled to report its recommendations to parliament on 6 June. After that will come an MP vote on the proposed marriage equality law.


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Trans Australians Win New Legal Recognition

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connie h.
connie h.6 years ago

As an Aussie, I can say, I am currently fighting alongside my friends and family for their equal rights.
I was shocked, however, during the last election that I received a notice informing me that 2 of the candidates were for same sex marriage and it was used in a way to suggest that it was a bad thing.
But, I wasn't surprised that the lady representing the "Family First" party, didn't make any last ditch efforts to sway my vote as I made my way down to the booth.
Even they know that youngsters like me see through their petty "moral" talk.

Robyn Brice
Robyn Vorsa6 years ago

I am an Australian and I support gay marriage. Sorry my orignal post seems to have been lost.

Robyn Brice
Robyn Vorsa6 years ago

I am an Australian and I support gay marriage. I am now a grandmother and I want to live to see the day that a same sex ouple can marry.

Arjen Lentz
Arjen Lentz6 years ago

Make it so already.

Whether marriage as a concept is outdated is another matter, right now it's the legal mechanism through which couples can register their commitment. To me there is no difference what gender either of the parties is in a couple, the key factor is commitment.

Alice Lewis
Alice Mae L6 years ago

Australians in general seem to be a very open minded bunch. The rest of the world should check that out!

Wes Giesbrecht
Past Member 6 years ago

The sooner all people stop getting married the better.
Marriage is a tradition that has outlasted it's usefulness.

Anita Wischhusen
Anita Wisch6 years ago


John Mccarthy
John Mccarthy6 years ago

What is it about these wonderful Australians - they're leading the pack, with confidence, into the next cultural revolution.

Past Member
Past Member 6 years ago

That's wonderful! I won't say Australia is a paradise lately (immigration issues seem dodgy), but it's great that so many people there are stepping up and making their voice heard!

J.L. A.
JL A6 years ago

Kudos to all those in Australia who voiced their support rather than retreating in a cloak of silence!