“Federal deputy opposition leader Tanya Plibersek should check the law before calling same-sex marriage ‘legal equality’,” FamilyVoice research officer Ros Phillips said today.
“Just two years ago, Australian Federal Court Justice Jayne Jagot ruled that marriage is not discriminatory. Every Australian has an equal right to marry. 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.”
Ros Phillips said that same-sex couples may have a close and loving relationship – as indeed may other groups of people – but it is not the same as marriage, which has been recognised overwhelmingly by cultures and religions throughout history as the union of a man and a woman.
“Ms Plibersek has a background in communications rather than law,” Ros Phillips said. “She would do well to check her legal facts before sending her message.”
- Marriage and sexuality