The Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby (NSW)
welcomes the recent announcement by Senator Sarah Hanson Young to refer the
Marriage Equality Amendment Bill to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs
Recent polls indicate that over 60
percent of Australians support giving same-sex couples the right to marry.
GLRL Co-Convenor Lainie Arnold said the
inquiry is “an important step to reflect the broad constituency of support for
equality” and applauded the work already done by GLRL members and its partner
organisations and coalitions to have this issue put on the 2012 policy agenda.
Justin Koonin, GLRL Co-Convenor added,
“marriage equality is an issue of fairness and justice for all Australians”
adding that the inquiry “makes the pursuit of allies from across
the political spectrum an imperative.”
On an international level, Canada,
Argentina, Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium, Norway, Sweden, South Africa and
six US states now grant the right to marry to same-sex couples.
The GLRL strongly urges all those who
support removing discrimination to write into the inquiry and emphasise the
social and legal importance of marriage equality.
Mr Koonin stated that, “there is still plenty of work to be done, but at
least the path ahead is clear. It is time to end the
discrimination. It is time to recognise the dignity of our sexuality
and the depth of our relationships.”