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Tuesday, 20 May 1969

Senator MURPHYpresented from the Chairman of the New South Wales Humanist Society a petition showing that there is discrimination under the Marriage Act against persons who wish to have a non-religious form of wedding ceremony; religious ceremonies may be performed outside office hours, on week-ends or evenings, and the location of the ceremony is not restricted; civil ceremonies are generally restricted to office hours, and must be conducted at the Registry Office. The petitioner prays that the Senate in Parliament assembled, should initiate such legislative or administrative action as will enable sufficient reputable persons to be authorised to celebrate non-religous ceremonies of marriage as to meet requirements as to time and place of those desiring them, on the same footing as those who desire religious ceremonies.

Petition received and read.

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