Legalisation of Gay Marriage in Australia

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April 1st 2001, The Netherlands became the first country to legalise gay marriage. Belgium followed shortly after legalising gay marriage June 2003, Spain, June 2004, Canada 2005 and South Africa 2006. If Australia portrays itself as one of most accepting and multi-cultural countries then why do we continue to deny the union of same sex couples? Since first legalising gay marriage in The Netherlands, 11 other countries have followed as well as several U.S states. Now Britain, one of the most conservative countries in the world, if not the most conservative is on course to adopt gay marriage. The House of Commons held a vote on the 5th of February 2013 to approve a bill legalizing gay marriage. This legislation, which applies to England and Wales, would permit civil marriages between same-sex couples Just 30 years ago one could be arrested on the spot if you were suspected of being gay. Over these past 30 years acceptance has grown dramatically and though there is still discrimination, there is also recognition. Homosexual acts are no longer illegal and homosexual couples get the same rights as unmarried heterosexual couples. In matter relating to; Taxation, social security, health, age care and employment Doesn’t it make sense that the next step is legalising gay marriage? Many oppose same sex marriage, not because they are against gay couples, so they say, but because they don’t believe they should be able to bring up children. They argue that a child has an ''inalienable right to have both a father and a mother.'' Some have even gone so far as to state that this could be another “stolen generation” but as stated by Letitia Anne Peplau “There is no scientific basis to discriminate against gay and lesbian parents.” What they aren’t looking at are the statistics of unwanted children or abusive parenting amongst heterosexuals and the ability to financially support the child (refer to slide) If a gay couple has a child it’s because they really want to and the child...
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