Federal inquiry into marriage equality
In consultation with our community, Rainbow Families made a submission to the senate committee into the Marriage Amendment (Same-Sex Marriage) Bill, outlining whilst not all LGBTIQ parents will choose to marry, marriage equality is fundamental to advancing LGBTIQ rights in Australia and fostering the resiliency of our families.
Rainbow Families considers that the fundamental human rights principle of equality means that civil marriage should be available, without discrimination, to all couples, regardless of sex, sexual orientation or gender identity. Rainbow Families believes that denying LGBTIQ people the opportunity to marry under Commonwealth law is discriminatory and harmful, both for parents and children.
Australia is now vastly out of step with developed nations in its failure to enshrine the right to marriage equality for all citizens into Australian Law. If Australia legislates for same-sex marriage in 2017, it will follow Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, France, Iceland Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, The United Kingdom, the United States and Uruguay. Australia will be one of the last developed nations to allow same-sex marriage. It should not do so in such a way that perpetuates discrimination against LGBTIQ communities.
Rainbow Families strongly supports access to marriage as a fundamental right of all Australians and opposes proposed exemptions that effectively create two tiers of marriage in this country.
Every child deserves to know their families are treated equally under the law and this is not possible until marriage equality is realised.
THANK YOU to the many who contributed their stories and gave strength to our submission. We will endeavour to keep you updated on future outcomes. You can download a copy of the submission here.