Senate marriage equality inquiry calls for community input
Marriage equality advocates have called on supporters to send submissions of support to the new Senate Marriage Equality Inquiry. The inquiry is investigating the impact of marriage equality overseas, as well as the ban on recognising overseas same-sex marriages in Australia.
To make the process as streamlined as possible, Australian Marriage Equality (AME) has launched a website to assist with your submission.
Investigations by the senate committee officially began on May 20.
The inquiry is a result of Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young's Recognition of Foreign Marriages Bill 2014.
Australian Marriage Equality national director, Rodney Croome, said he encouraged all supporters of marriage equality to send in submissions.
"Particularly same-sex couples married overseas and those Australian expats living in countries with marriage equality.
"To make it easier for supporters to have their voices heard, we have set up a special webpage with information about the inquiry and the issues it raises, as well as a webform tailored to different aspects of the inquiry."
In 2004 when the Howard government amended the Marriage Act, a new section was introduced prohibiting the recognition of overseas same-sex marriages. It is this legislation that Senator Hanson Young’s Bill hopes to amend.
Earlier this year, UK citizens were given same-sex marriage rights and the Australian Attorney General confirmed the Australian government would not prevent same-sex couples from wedding in UK consulates in Australia. From June 18, the first of these marriages are expected to take place.