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Advocates call for inclusive marriage equality bill

Advocates call for inclusive marriage equality bill

LAST UPDATED // Wednesday, 26 February 2014 16:36 Written by // Cec Busby

Marriage Equality advocates have expressed concern that the Bill Deputy Opposition Leader Tanya Plibersek intends to introduce to Parliament may not be inclusive of transgender or intersex people.

Plibersek had indicated she planned on introducing a bill based on the previous Bill introduced by Labor MP Stephen Jones in 2012.

Unfortunately according to marriage equality experts, that Bill was unclear on the rights of intersex or transgender people.

Australian Marriage Equality (AME) national director, Rodney Croome commented:

"The Jones bill allowed two people of the same sex to marry but was unclear about whether transgender and intersex people could wed."

"This was raised as a concern by the Law Council of Australia, the Human Rights Commission and transgender groups during an inquiry into the Jones bill in 2012."

Croome has called on Plibersek to work with AME to ensure her bill delivers marriage equality for all Australians.

Morgan Carpenter President of Organisation Intersex Australia told SX the issue with intersex inclusion is that if a Bill specifies the sex or gender of parties to a marriage, then it may not recognise the diversity that already exists amongst intersex and trans people.

"Some intersex people in Victoria have birth certificates that show their sex as “indeterminate” or simply blank," said Carpenter. "Future proposals in other States and Territories may make a non-binary option available to trans people.

"Currently, a birth certificate showing sex is required of Australian-born nationals to obtain a marriage here. If the documentation requirement is extended to permit passports as a form of ID, then passports with an ‘X’ sex marker have been increasingly available since first reported here in 2003."


Cec Busby

Cec Busby

Cec Busby is the news editor of SX and online editor of GayNewsNetwork.com.au

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