Marriage Equality Senate Inquiry

The Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee has recommended in its report of Nov 26 that same-sex marriages should not be allowed in Australia. The committee investigated a Bill introduced by the Greens to allow same-sex marriages. The Committee received 81 submissions from organisation, 36 opposed, 44 in favour. In addition, 15,979 submissions/letters were receiving from individuals opposed to the Bill and 5,574 from individuals supporting the bill.

However, Saltshakers says that the committee DID recommend that the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade issue certificates of non-impediment to same-sex couples wanting to “marry” overseas. This certificate assists same-sex couples in establishing their ability to marry. It also recommended that the government review the recognition of homosexual relationships with the aim of developing a nationally consistent framework.

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Action: The Australian Family Association is calling on Christians to petition their local Federal MPs. Copies of the petition can be obtained online at or contacting AFA secretary Joe Lopez on 02 4753 6097 and should be submitted to your local Federal MP.

POSTED 14 Jan 2010