Same-sex marriage legalised in Australia
Australia has become the 26th country to legalise same-sex marriage since Netherlands became the first country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage in 2001. In the run up to the same sex marriage survey, your blogger supported advocacy for legalization. Not even high profile individuals like Petter Dutton were spared due to their shameful public comments.The law was passed with the overwhelming backing of the Federal Parliament with 145 votes in favour and four votes against it.The four MPs who voted against the change were MPs Keith Pitt, David Littleproud, Russell Broadbent and Bob Katter. Although the votes were not formally tallied, it was clear in the chamber voted “yes”.Millions of Australians are celebrating the passage of same-sex marriage laws after decades of political debate, activism and a postal survey whose findings were published last month.Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said: “Australia has done it. What a day for love, for equality, for respect,” as he punched the air calling it a historic day for the nation. “This belongs to us all. This is Australia fair , diverse, loving and filled with respect for every one of us. This has been a great, unifying day in our history.” Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott said: “Now I certainly don’t pretend to be an overnight convert supporting same-sex marriage, but I am pledged to respect and to facilitate the verdict of the Australian people.” “There should be a clear distinction between marriage as understood by the church and marriage as recognised by the state.“On that basis, I am looking forward to attending the marriage of my sister, Christine, to her partner, Virginia, sometime early in the New Year.” Mr Abbott also said “anti-gay prejudice should not be replaced by politically correct bigotry” and pushed for stronger protections in the bill for those who opposed same-sex unions.
Alex Greenwich who co-chaired the Equality Campaign, said: “We came, we saw, and love finally conquered. Marriage equality is finally the law of the land and we are so proud of Australia.”Actress Magda Szubanski said:”What an extraordinary moment.” “When I watched all of those people move to the ‘yes’ side of the House, I thought Canberra was going to tip over, added Szubanski “Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said he was “humbled” by the momentous event and “privileged” to be part of it. “This isn’t about me or the other 150 members of Parliament but it is about Australians and Australia, the LGBTIQ people and their families and their partners,” Shorten said after the vote. “We are telling them: we love you, you’re equal.”The laws, which will also recognise same-sex marriages carried out in foreign countries as well. Attorney-General George Brandis advised the law would formally change on Saturday, allowing same-sex couples to lodge a Notice of Intended Marriage from this weekend.The minimum notice period is one month, meaning the first legally recognised same-sex wedding could take place on January 9.As Australia joins the dozens of nations that have already extended the right to marry to the LGBT community, there are still many countries around the world where simply being gay carries with it the risk of jail or even death. However in Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Britain, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greenland, Iceland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Uruguay, United States LGBT community has no worries. In Africa, where homosexuality is a crime in almost all countries and can lead to imprisonment or the death penalty in countries like Uganda but not all is gloom, South Africa granted the same access to gay couples when same-sex marriage legislation came into force there in 2006.No countries in Asia allow same-sex couples to marry or enter civil unions of any kind. Perhaps they need to weed out their own versions of Anthony Fisher, the anti gay marriage archbishop of Sydney.