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Thursday, 12 August 2004
Page: 26556


Senator NETTLE (4:39 PM) —I, and also on behalf of Senator Brown, move Australian Greens' amendment (1):

(1) Schedule 1, item 1, page 3 (lines 7 and 8) omit the definition of “marriage”, substitute:

marriage means the union of two persons, regardless of their sexuality or gender identity, voluntarily entered into for life.

This is an amendment which changes the definition of marriage from the one proposed in this legislation. It changes it to read: `marriage means a union of two people, regardless of their sexuality or gender identity, voluntarily entered into for life'. This amendment is about recognising that there are a whole raft of different relationships that people enter into and seek to have recognised under the law as a marriage. This amendment says, `That institution of marriage, that opportunity and choice for people to have their relationship recognised under the law is available to all people regardless of their sexuality and gender identity.' They may be intersex people. They may be people who have had gender reassignment surgery and want to have their relationship recognised with their loving partner.

This amendment is about taking away the discrimination that is inherent in the piece of legislation that we are debating at the moment and ensuring that the opportunity for people to have their relationship recognised as a marriage under the law of this country is available for all individuals. This is an amendment that the Australian Greens are bringing in so that all people, regardless of their sexuality and gender identity, have the opportunity to have their relationship recognised under the law as marriage.