Gay marriage

Tanya Plibersek & Gay Marriage


Inner city MP Tanya Plibersek has decided to push for gay marriage in federal parliament and is backing Bill Shortens private members bill.

The ALP is suddenly all in favour of "equality" following the Irish referendum.

But it wasn't always this way.

A self proclaimed progressive, Plibersek has been in parliament since 1998, but it wasn't until two years ago that she finally supported gay marriage.

For well over a decade she refused to support the large gay population in her electorate who lobbied hard for an end to marriage discrimination.


Marriage discrimination in Australia - a summary

Subsection 5(1) of the Australian Marriage Act 1961 defines marriage as ‘...the union of a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life.’ In these nineteen words, Australian law promotes inequality, marginalises and discriminates against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) Australians. Same sex marriage, the celebration and recognition of love and commitment by members of the same gender, is outlawed by the Australian Government in the grotesquely out-dated Marriage Act 1961.