Legalisation of Gay Marriage in Australia

1054 WordsMar 8, 20135 Pages
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…show more content…
When the idea of marriage first came to light there was no church involvement. A couple simply moved in together and were considered married. Woman had no say as to whom they were married to, their father or head of house made that decision for them for political, economical or social gain. The women were considered property whilst the male was not exclusive to the marriage and could have many additional spouses. In the 50’s interracial marriage was illegal since then society realised that this was an unjust law that denied equal rights to couples who loved each other. The issue of gay marriage is no different. Denying marriage to two individuals who love each other is to deny them a fundamental freedom. Since these times marriage has changed dramatically, it has always evolved with the culture in which it’s enacted. If gay marriage is legalised there will be more acceptance and make it easier, especially for younger children, to realise that being gay is okay. It is normal and there is no need to be scared to “come out” to family and friends. It could decrease risk of abuse and bullying towards homosexuals particularly during school years. Researchers have found that suicide among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth is comparatively higher than among the general population. Homosexual teens and young adults have one of the highest rates of suicide attempts. It is
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