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Same sex marriage

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Amends the Marriage Act 1961 to: define marriage as a union of two people; clarify that ministers of religion are not bound to solemnise marriage by any other law; remove the prohibition of the recognition of same sex marriages solemnised in a foreign country; and include a regulation making power so that consequential amendments can be made to other Acts.

We have young people in our society who find it hard to say their sexuality with pride and confidence. Because same sex marriage is not identified as the norm, sadly, friends and families of the homosexuals may live a life with a mask on. 

Our society will never move forward if we do not allow same sex marriage. I feel strongly as I have people who I know who are homosexual and they are travelling to countries who can recognise their commitments, but sadly when they travel back to Australia it is no longer recognised by law (some of them usually stay in the country they were married). 

We will never fully accept homosexuals in our society if they can not be married, and for people to be considered as norm. This will make Australia, communities and individuals move forward into a more accepting and fulfilling life. 

If this law is not legalised, more and more children, teenagers, men and women will commit suicide or live life as a lie due to not being accepted and recognised. Do we want this for our future generations? How can our society move forward without change?

Historically, our society has valued committed relationships between couples as the highest form of expressing love. Adults committing to each other for the term of their life has been valued above all other forms of commitments. But what about if you don’t fit that norm of female and male, there are people who are more inclined to be attracted to the same sex. So how do these people feel in this society where same-sex marriage is disapproved? They’re constantly barraged with the name fags, homos, queers- you name it. And they still cannot spend their life with the person they love. This needs to change.

Same-sex marriage has never been well approved by more than 60% of Australians. Millions of people continue to live in countries that outlaw homosexuals. All together there are 79 countries with anti-homosexuality laws. Many countries continue to punish homosexual acts with prison time and torture. Iran, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Yemen, as well as sections of Nigeria all punish homosexuality with the death penalty. This is six countries too many. But what do these countries base their punishments on? Unfair assumptions of guilt because of whom a person loves? When we look back on history, we see how society discriminated women and we know now that our actions were wrong and that we should treat both sexes equally. Soon we will come to the conclusion that our actions against homosexuality are wrong and then have another setback in humanity.

Firstly, being able to love and express that love is a basic human right. Love is expressed in all sorts of ways but the best love is expressed from the heart and showing that special someone how you really care for them, however this only seems to be allowed for your archetypical cis-gendered straight person. As the United Nations has stated, ‘Human rights are rights inherent to all human beings, whatever our nationality, place of residence, sex, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, language, or any other status. We are all equally entitled to our human rights without discrimination’. Shouldn’t this statement apply to homosexuals and the fact that they should be able to marry just as much as any other human being? Are we honestly treating these people like they are anything but human? Marriage is a fundamental representation of a couple’s commitment in a significant relationship and this should apply equally to people of all genders in Australia and across the globe.

It is known that LGBT, which is an acronym term for lesbian, gay, bisexuals and transgender people, have the highest rates of suicide of any population in Australia. 15.7% of lesbian, gay and bisexual Australians report current suicidal thoughts. The rates of depression and suicide are much higher than straight teenagers and this has something to do with the fact that they are not fully accepted to be equal according the Australian government. If we change this there will be a less depression rate. There is non stop ads that try to show us about depression and how to stop it, we see ads for this everyday. Sometimes we even experience depression ourselves. So with this information, surely by our country accepting all aspects of gays and lesbians and even making same-sex marriage legal then the rate of depression will decrease dramatically.

 Love is not a crime, why turn it into one.

Quote Obama; we stand for same-sex marriage.
We stand for children, as their families will be equal like any other family. We stand for the allies and friends of homosexuals. We stand for our basic human rights, our freedom, our word and our beliefs. 

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