Australian society values equality
I feel an opposing view should be given to the letter Call for Marriage Act to remain intact ( Times, 1/9).
The author exercised his right to freedom of expression as per the Australian Human Rights Commission.
This same commission states “that the Marriage Act continues to discriminate against same-sex couples by explicitly excluding them from the opportunity to have their relationship formally recognised under federal law”.
I don’t believe same-sex marriage is “a topical subject brought forward by a vocal minority group”.
The House of Representatives’ 2012 survey revealed about 177,600 people (64.3 per cent of respondents) supported same-sex marriage, as did 63 per cent of respondents in the 2017 Essential Media poll. These respondents are a greater number than the 47,000 same-sex couples recognised by the 2016 Census.
The definition of marriage was changed by the Howard government in 2004 to exclude same-sex couples. This can be reversed to better represent our diverse population.
And while procreation may require a male and female pairing, it is not a pre-requisite to marriage, as there are already married same-sex couples currently raising children.
I feel marriage should be a legal recognition of a couple’s commitment to each other rather than what gender they are.
The marriage of another couple does not in any way “disparage” the marriage between myself and my husband. Our society values “equality of opportunity for individuals” (border.gov.au). Surely we can apply this to legalising same-sex marriage?