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Homosexual Marriage Australia

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Why not Australia? Australia is considered to be one of the most accepting country in the world. But why is homosexual marriage still illegal?
Australia has come along way in regards to accepting and acknowleding gay and lesbian relationships. Sodomy laws were part of Australian law, from 1788 through to 1994 under Human Rights (Sexual Conduct) Act 1994. The punishment was reduced from execution to life in prison in 1899. Today, homophobia still exsists, however being gay or lesbian it is no longer institutionalised or illegal.
Accourding to http://www.australianmarriageequality.org/ Public opinion poll (2009-2012) 64% of Austrlian support gay marriage and 81% of young people (18-24 years) support marriage equality. Younger generations express
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Many anti- gay people use the argument that if gay marriage was made legal, other changes such as allowing muliple wives, would have to be made. However this is proven wrong, as seen in the countries who have already legalised gay marriage have not experience those reprecussions.
The Catholic Church is strongly opposed to legalising gay marriage in Australia. Acoording to the ‘Don’t mess with marriage report’ A Pastoral Letter from the Catholic Bishops of Australia to all Australians onthe ‘Same-sex Marriage’ Debate, their definition of marriage is that it involves a substantial bodily and spiritual union of a man and a woman. The Church believes this union is centred around and ordered not only to the wellbeing of the spouses but also towards the generation and wellbeing of children. However it has been found that people in same-sex couples are more highly educated and are more likely to be in highly skilled occupations than people in heterosexual couples.In measures of general health and family cohesion children aged 5 to 17 years with same-sex attracted parents had significantly better scores when compared to Australian children from all other backgrounds and family contexts.With regard to academic performance, the evidence is that lesbian- and gay-parented children perform as well as or better than their peers raised in hetrosexual couple families. This information was found on the Australian Governement, Australian institute of family studies website. These statistics and facts prove that there is so big difference between same-sex families and hetrosexual
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