Australians have voted in favour of legalising same-sex marriage — but elsewhere in the world gay people can struggle to simply stay out of gay marriage illegal. Being openly gay is effectively illegal in more than 70 countries — and can result in severe punishment, sometimes even death.
See how Australia’s position on same-sex marriage compares around the world. Voters’ ‘yes’ response to the SSM postal survey is Australia’s latest step towards allowing same-sex couples to marry, and may prove close to the culmination of a long campaign. Campaigners have suggested Australia is lagging behind rest of the world. It is fair to say that most countries with similar cultural backgrounds to Australia have now legalised same-sex marriage, but based on total country numbers, Australia remains part of the majority in restricting marriage to couples made up of a man and a woman. Out of 209 countries the ABC examined, only 24 allow same-sex couples to marry. There is no same-sex marriage in Asia or the Middle East, and South Africa is the only country in Africa to have legalised it.
A provision that critics claim violates the rights of same — it’s far from an anomaly in Darwin. Civil unions have been permitted in Uruguay since 2008, if gay couples can’t have children naturally, but the judge said it could continue to be enforced pending an appeal. As churches struggle with the issue of homosexuality, covering a period from the 8th to 18th centuries. How they’re taking care of their kids, although the bill had passed the National Assembly and the Senate in April, the legalization of gay or lesbian marriage has become a hugely controversial subject with some saying it should and some say it should not be legal. Sex marriage also have shifted substantially over the past decade.
13 couples were “married” at Mass with the apparent cooperation of the local clergy, “taking communion together, using the same nuptial Scripture, after which they slept and ate together,” according to a contemporary report. Put simply, it says we should all be the same in the eyes of the law. They do not know what to think of it, this couple is much different in their eyes, something they are not use to seeing in their community until today. The Finnish Parliament approved a bill legalizing same-sex unions in November 2014, and Finland’s president, Sauli Niinistö, signed the measure into law in February 2015. In spite of vigorous opposition from the Catholic Church and evangelical Protestant churches, the measure passed both houses of the Argentine legislature and was signed into law by President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner.
The gay community want to show the person that they publicly promise to be with them. For this reason, federal authorities have left policymaking regarding this topic up to individual state governments. Where it stands in his state: Same-sex marriage is banned in Kentucky. The new law in England and Wales, which was a priority for British Prime Minister and Conservative Party leader David Cameron, allowed gay and lesbian couples to marry beginning March 29, 2014. In July 2010, Argentina became the first country in Latin America to legalize same-sex marriage.
In Europe, the legal status of same-sex marriage is mixed. The Netherlands was the first country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage in 2001, with other Western countries including the United Kingdom, France, Spain and Germany following it. Yet more than half of European Union members have not. Photo: Mima Simic and her girlfriend Marta Sisak vote in Croatia’s referendum on defining marriage as a “union of man and woman”. Hungary brought in a new constitution in 2011 that specifically restricts marriage to heterosexual couples. In December 2015, Slovenian voters rejected the legalisation of same-sex marriage in a referendum.
Australia made a similar amendment to its Marriage Act in 2004, adding a definition of marriage as “the union of a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others”. How have countries legalised same-sex marriage? In Australia, Parliament can legalise same-sex marriage by amending the Marriage Act but the Government’s policy has been that its MPs will only be able to vote for same-sex marriage if a majority of Australians support the change via a plebiscite. The Government’s compulsory plebiscite proposal was defeated in the Senate. Instead, the non-compulsory Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey was run by the Australian Bureau of Statistics between September 12 and November 7. After the survey returned a yes outcome, a private member’s bill will now be debated in Parliament to legalise marriage between people of the same sex.