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Same Sex Unions
Tim Manger
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The Debate

In Australia, the debate over whether to modify the Australian Marriage Act has never been more contentious. The major political parties are continually perplexed over how to progress our marriage laws, so as to appease the popular majority.

The major issue with Gay Marriage seems to stem from the Catholic Church, it's history, it's many off-shoots, and it's arguable (yet perpetual) influence over both people and politics.

So What's the Problem?

The Marriage Act 1961 explicitly states that marriage in Australia is 'between a man and a women to the exclusion of all others', however the Act has not been updated to reflect modern values.

Whilst various sections of the Marriage Act are governed by Regulations (which are updated from time-to-time), it appears the one fundamental statement ('between a man and a women to the exclusion of all others'), seems to remain a contentious issue.

The Anthropological Argument

There seems to be a belief (among a contingent of the community) that Gay Couples are incapable of raising [normal] children, without the children suffering enormous identity and social issues. There is also a separate argument that suggests heterosexual couples have not [exactly] raised perfect children either (ie. children without social and a myriad of other issues).

There is also a further contingent of the community that believe Gay Couples make excellent parents and role models, often because they have grown-up dealing with the naive and damaging effects of being [slightly] different.

My Personal View

Looking at the illogical arguments that have preceded our modern times (often perpetrated by the vast non-secular movement), it makes no sense to deny the legally binding union of same sex couples.

For example: there was a period in history, when women had little-to-no say in their marital status, their marital partner, or their marital preferences. It has only been in relatively recent history, that women are extended the honour of being asked the question during a Civil Ceremony (basically: 'do you really want to do this?'). To which the answer could be a resounding 'No' (although it rarely happens).

When women were first granted the right to their own marital identities, the same anthropological arguments (that confront current Gay Couples) ensued, but today we unwaveringly see 'marriage between a man and a women' to be righteous and definitive?

Advantages of Civil Unions

As a progressive society, we have failed to see (or acknowledge) the advantages of Civil Unions, cowering to the decree of outdated non-secular institutions and arguably naive doctrines. The truth is that Civil Unions will provide sound footings for our next generation, just as heterosexual Marriage does.

In my opinion, the best way to cull society's naive fear of the 'different' (ie: fear of transsexual, trans gender, gays or lesbians), is to limit the argument by removing any legal impediments, and to re-educate the general populous accordingly.

If the anthropological argument (above) provides the basis for why our laws have not been amended, then we need only to understand that to raise healthy, happy children; 'All You Need is Love' (clearly something that all couples [gay or otherwise] are capable of providing).


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Are you an advocate of Gay and Same Sex Marriages?

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Yes, I fully support the rights of gay and same sex couples to marry in Australia. Need to know more? Talk to me today about getting married - Call: 0400 161 078

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What does the term Civil Union mean?

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Civil Unions are a legally recognised union of same-sex couples, having similar rights to those of traditional marriage. Need to know more? Talk to me today about getting married - Call: 0400 161 078

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What makes a gay same sex marriage different to a heterosexual marriage in Australia?

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Firstly, gay same sex marriages are generally referred to as a committment ceremonies, and secondly there is no legal paperwork. The wording during a gay union must be different to a legal civil union, whilst there is also no government marriage certificate issued. There is also no filing with Births Deaths and Marriages after the ceremony, because the Australian government does not currently recognised gay same sex marriages as legal. Need to know more? Talk to me today about getting married - Call: 0400 161 078

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If my State acknowledges Civil Unions does that mean Gay Marriage is Legally Binding in my State?

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Whilst your State may acknowledge Civil Unions, marriage between same-sex couples is not legally binding, because the Marriage Act 1961 is Federal Legislation (as apposed to State Legislation). Need to know more? Talk to me today about getting married - Call: 0400 161 078

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Is the wording in a gay same sex committment ceremony different to a legal wedidng ceremony?

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Yes, it is illegal for me to use words from the Montum and Legal Vow section of the Australian Marriage Act when marrying gay same sex couples. Need to know more? Talk to me today about getting married - Call: 0400 161 078

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Which Act needs to be modified in order to allow same sex gay marriage in Australia?

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The Act that needs to be modified to allow same sex gay marriages (in Australia) is the Australian Marriage Act 1961. Need to know more? Talk to me today about getting married - Call: 0400 161 078

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Do you marry many gay same sex couples?

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Yes, I marry many gay same sex couples, although it is called a committment ceremony not a wedding ceremony. This is done to distinguish gay unions from legal civil unions. Need to know more? Talk to me today about getting married - Call: 0400 161 078

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Do you think the law regarding same sex and gay marriage will ever change in Australia?

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Yes, I do think the law regarding same sex marriage in Australia will change. The influence of the Catholic Church on social beliefs has largely dimininished over the past 50 years in Australia, paving the way for more expansive views. Need to know more? Talk to me today about getting married - Call: 0400 161 078

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If I get married overseas in a country or state that allows same sex gay marriage, will it be recognised in Australia?

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No, not at present (2016). In order for a gay marriage to be recognised by the Australian Government, the law (in Australia) would need to be changed accordingly. Gay couples who are married overseas are not recognised as married under Australian Law, however a gay couple is considered to be married by any country that currently allows legal same sex marriage. Need to know more? Talk to me today about getting married - Call: 0400 161 078

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Is it illegal for same sex couples to be married in Australia?

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Yes, the Australian Marriage Act 1961 does not currently recognise same sex marriages. Need to know more? Talk to me today about getting married - Call: 0400 161 078

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How long will it be before the law regarding Gay Marriage in Australia is changed?

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My belief is that the laws regarding Gay Marriage in Australia will be drmatically constested over the next decade, with a possible modification to the Australian Marriage Act. Need to know more? Talk to me today about getting married - Call: 0400 161 078

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If the State I live in recognises gay marriage am I legally married?

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No. The Australian Marriage Act 1961 is a federal law, meaning that the States effectively have no power to change it (this must be done by the senate that sits in Canberra). Federal law covers the nation, whereas state-law is specific to that state only. Need to know more? Talk to me today about getting married - Call: 0400 161 078

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What is the alternative for Gay Couples who want to get married?

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An excellent alternative for gay couples is a Commitment Ceremony. This type of ceremony is exactly the same as a traditional marriage ceremony, without the legal paperwork. Need to know more? Talk to me today about getting married - Call: 0400 161 078

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How does the law regarding Gay Marriage in Australia get changed?

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To change the law regarding Gay Marriage in Australia, a Bill (a proposal for a law or a change to an existing law) is introduced in the Senate. The Bill becomes law (an Act) when agreed to in identical form by both houses of Parliament and assented to by the Governor-General. Need to know more? Talk to me today about getting married - Call: 0400 161 078

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Does Australia recognise foreign marriage?

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Yes, as long as the marriage was conducted legally in the country of origin, and that an original marriage certificate can be produced. However, there remains certain types of marriages that are not recognised in Australia, such as Same Sex unions, and underage (under 18) marriages. Need to know more? Talk to me today about getting married - Call: 0400 161 078

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