“I was astounded to read about Australian Human Rights Commission president Gillian Triggs’s lack of understanding of the right to marry,” FamilyVoice national research officer Ros Phillips said today. “She would probably benefit from a legal refresher course.
“Professor Triggs’s evidence to a Senate estimates hearing yesterday suggested she may have been unaware of Article 23(2) of the United Nations Covenant on Civil and Political Rights – which refers to “men and women of marriageable age” having the right to marry. She admitted she was unaware of a UN Human Rights Committee ruling in 1999, which noted that Article 23(2) refers to marriage as a man-woman, not same-sex, union. Same-sex marriage is not a human right.”
Ros Phillips said that Professor Triggs seems also unaware of an Australian Federal Court ruling by Justice Jayne Jagot in 2013 that marriage is not discriminatory.
“Every Australian has an equal right to marry,” Ros Phillips said. “And marriage, like other institutions, has several pre‐conditions: the intending spouses must be two adults, not closely related, of opposite sexes, and their union must be voluntary, exclusive and intended for life.
“Australians should be deeply concerned that someone in Professor Triggs’s prestigious position should appear to be ignorant of these fundamental, time-honoured concepts.”
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