NSW marriage equality bill excludes trans and intersex
A NSW parliamentary report released on Friday saying state-based marriage law was not unconstitutional was cause for celebration amongst the LGBTI community, but when news surfaced that a new marriage equality bill would exclude trans and intersex, LGBTI activist groups were alarmed.
While Australian marriage equality national director Rodney Croome was busy saying the Australian Marriage Equality will be “lobbying state MPs in earnest both in NSW and in those other states such as Tasmania and South Australia where reform has a good chance of passing"; across town, The Sydney Morning Herald broke a news story that Labor back bencher Penny Sharpe will introduce a same–sex couples marriage bill to the Upper House.
According to the SMH, the bill “makes it clear it is about the marriage of same-sex couples only".
"Trans-sex marriages are not allowed, and churches are explicitly exempted".
Community Action Against Homophobia immediately issued a statement condemning the marginalisation of trans and intersex people in the proposed bill.
CAAH Co-Convenor Cat Rose said “the exemption of trans and intersex people's rights shows they haven't shifted nearly far enough".
"Our campaign has been for full equality for everyone, we don't settle for concessions and we won't stand for this transphobia and the invisibilising of intersex people.
"Using the spectre of constitutional challenge is a smoke screen for bigotry, we've seen in other states that the power is there to pass more inclusive bills if they wanted to test it. Either way our fight will have to continue for genuine marriage equality to be recognised by the federal government," said Rose.
- TOPICS: AME, Australian Marriage Equality, CAAH, Cat Rose, Community Action Against Homophobia, Gay marriage, Intersex, Marriage equality, Penny Wong, Rodney Croome, Same-sex marriage, SMH, The Sydney Morning Herald, Transgender
- CATEGORIES: National, ACT, News + Politics, New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, Western Australia