Same-sex marriage (gay-marriage) is now allowed in Australia on 7th December, 2017, Thursday after a harsh and isolating debate resolved by the government polling voters. In spite of five lawmakers’ opposition was registered, the lagislation was passed with majority. ‘The House of the Representatives’ exploded with applause when the bill passed. The bill changed the definition of marriage from ‘a man and woman’ to ‘conjuction of two people’ eliminating all the other causes.
The Australian Senate passed the same legislation a week before 43 to 12 votes. The law will take effect within a month after royal acceptance and other regulations.
Lawmakers possessed a view that national postal survey in Australia in the month of November mandated a change of the definition of marriage. So, the law should not be delayed on the issue of marriage quality. The amendments of the existing law will safeguard ‘freedoms of speech and religion’ propelling same-sex marriage, and all the objections of the opponent will be rejected.
The existing law allows the Australian churches and religious organizations to avoid same-sex marriage (gay-marriage) without violating anti-discrimination laws of the country. Existing common celebrants can likewise decline to enlist same-sex marriage, however celebrants enlisted after the same-sex marriage becomes law would not be excused from the anti-discrimination laws.
Same-sex marriage has been supported by 62% of the Australian voters who replied to the government-commissioned ‘postal ballot’. The lawyers of Australia thought that the government should have allowed the same-sex marriage a few years ago, but the concept of public survey was a strategy for delaying the issue. The Human Rights Committee of the United Nations addressed the ballot survey in Australia as unnecessary and isolating public opinion poll.
Rodney Croome, a veteran gay rights campaigner, told that he expected the first same-sex marriage in Australia would not take place before February, 2018. He also told that the law will take time to effect within one month, then couples need to give notice of their intention to marry at least 28 days before marriage according to the state laws.
The first law advocating the same-sex marriage was sanctioned in the year 2001 in Netherlands. The trend expanded its horizon through many countries, and today same-sex marriage is legally recognized (nationwide or in some parts) in so many countries like United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, New Zealand, Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, Finland, France, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden etc.