Historically, women have always been disadvantaged by the institution of marriage. I am just going to preface this article as talking exclusively about heterosexual marriage. The meaning of marriage is so deeply rooted in patriarchy and gender inequality, that, in the modern sense, it does not make sense for a young woman to tie the knot unless she has a partner willing to reject all traditional overtures of marriage. In the past, women were generally forced into marriage for economic security. He has also urged de facto couples to marry, which just shows how instrumental and determined the government is to force ideas of respectability onto the general public. In reality, when it comes to marriage, men win and women lose, and women are starting to realise it.
How many Australians are not heterosexual? It depends on who, what and when you ask
Same-sex marriage has been on the political agenda in Australia for several years, as part of the broader debate about the legal recognition of same-sex relationships. The expansion of legal rights and protections afforded to same-sex couples in Australia is well developed at both federal and state level. For example, legislation now exists in New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, Queensland, and the Australian Capital Territory that provides for the legal recognition of relationships, including same-sex unions. At the federal level, in and , there was a wide-ranging suite of reforms to provide equal entitlements and responsibilities for same-sex couples in areas such as social security, employment, taxation and superannuation. However, there remains one significant area of difference between the treatment of same-sex and heterosexual relationships, and that is in relation to the institution of marriage.
I oppose same-sex marriage (and no, I'm not a bigot)
Posted May 28, We are told there are those in favour of same-sex marriage, and then there are the bigots. But allow me to make the case for traditional marriage as being between one man and one woman, writes Michael Jensen.
A law can be designed to protect the rights of all and avoid a distracting and divisive debate on marriage for same-sex couples. There are two fundamental human rights that could be affected by any change: equality before the law and religious freedom. He is partly correct.