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Can you believe that in 2013 we don’t allow same-sex couples to get married? It happens in countries all around the world. Not just where’d you expect like Holland and Sweden. But places like Spain and South Africa. It makes Australia look a little behind.
As president Obama said when referring to the American people "Its time that our brothers and sisters of this nation are all treated equally"
It's time to show Australian parliament that the majority of Australians want to legalise same-sex marriage.
This is a petition by the Equality Network in support of our campaign for equal marriage in Scotland.
Please sign this petition if you agree that same-sex marriage and mixed-sex civil partnership should be legalised in Scotland.
This petition calls on the Scottish Parliament to:
1) Change the law to allow same-sex marriage and mixed-sex civil partnership.
2) Protect and extend freedom of religion and belief by allowing, but not requiring, religious and Humanist bodies to conduct same-sex marriages and/or register civil partnerships.
3) End the requirement for married transgender people to divorce before a full Gender Recognition Certificate can be issued.
For more information about the Equality Network campaign please visit: http://www.equalmarriage.org.uk
The Marriages Act needs to be completely overhauled in Australia at a federal level.
GLBTI Australians are missing out on contributing fully to advancing Australia because they cannot participate fully in activities that have made our culture and our nation great! Marriage laws need to reflect that Australians live in a changing world.
Love knows no boundaries, love knows no law, love is blind to gender and deaf to rules and regulations.
In 2008, the Australian Government introduced reforms to 84 widespread Commonwealth laws effecting taxation, Medicare, social security, child support and many other areas, with the intention of removing inherent discriminations against same-sex couples and their children.
Discrimination in the Australian legal system has been an everyday feature in the lives of homosexual people and has adversely affected their ability to fight for equal relationship status in this country. Lack of recognition has largely been based on a lack of visibility within the law. In many areas, same-sex couples have simply been excluded from any definitions of ‘relationships’ so that in effect they do not exist.
Although the 2008 legislation changes went a long way towards ending discrimination against same-sex couples, there is still a law that stands in the way of removing all discrimination, the Marriage Amendment Act 2004 (Cth). Australia has been a little slow to keep up with the progressive international trend to address issues of discrimination based on sexual identity. Countries such as Canada, the Netherlands, South Africa, Sweden, Spain, Belgium, Norway and the American states of Iowa, Connecticut, Vermont and Massachusetts now all allow for same-sex marriage.
Currently, it is illegal for same-sex couples to adopt children within Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania & the Northern Territory.
In 2007 the Victorian Law Reform Commission recommended that the law be amended to allow gay couples to adopt: (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGBT_adoption#Oceania) however this recommendation has not yet been implemented in the Victorian parliament. It is likely that if nothing is done, this law may never be amended.
Same-sex couple adoption has recently been legalised in NSW, which is a victory, however the Law Reform Commission recommended that this law be changed in 1997 (http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/09/09/3007592.htm) - I am standing for the possibility that it will not take 10 years to reform the Law in Victoria!
I am passionate about making a difference in the world and shifting paradigms that have not historically been shifted. What would it be like for you to be part of history? Someone who stood for equal rights in Victoria?
If this sounds like you, please sign the petition below. You don't have to be gay to show your support! I am aiming for 10,000 Victorians to sign this petition by December 19th 2010. This petition will be sent to the Attorney General of Victoria by December 20th 2010 to show Parliament that Victorians are serious about equal rights!
Sexual contact during or after any counseling relationship is considered grossly unethical by a broad slice of professional counseling groups, including the American Association of Christian Counselors, the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, and the National Association of Social Workers. That's because of the power counselors hold over clients—power born of authority and being privy to clients' most intimate emotions and fears. Experts say this power is magnified in pastoral counseling.
Sexual contact between a counselor and counselee is NEVER consensual, NEVER an "affair." It's ABUSE!
Too many churches see the victims of sexual exploitation by predatorial pastors as "just rewards" for women (and occasionally men) that have not been able to defend their sexual boundaries when it is invaded by some helper in authority over them. Too often, our church leaders call these criminal acts "an affair" -- and blame the counselee for being "equally responsible" -- in most states sexual exploitation by helping professionals is criminal sexual conduct in the third degree -- a felony!
Shannon Bellamy, Author
"Pimps in the Pulpit"
Although we are extremely happy that the General Law Reform Bill 2008 will come into effect by January 2009 , we still want same-sex couples to be able to get legally married.
With the passing of California's Proposition 8 legislation eliminating the rights of Same-Sex Couples to marry, I am proposing that we strip Opposite-Sex Couples of the same rights.
This petition is to gain support to Amend the Constitution to change the definition of Marriage to "between no one unless God himself signs the marriage certificate".
California Democrats have a long tradition of supporting civil rights for all individuals.
As such, Marriage Equality (same sex marriage) is a civil rights issue of which explicit support belongs in the California Democratic Party platform.
Other state Democratic Parties, such as Iowa and Massachusetts, explicitly state in their party platforms that they support equal marital rights for all consenting adults, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identification.
It is time for the California Democratic Party to add its commitment to marriage equality to the CDP Party Platform.
WORLD CONGRESS OF FAMILIES WARNS SWEDEN AGAINST SAME-SEX MARRIAGE
World Congress of Families Global Coordinator Allan Carlson cautioned Sweden against adopting same-sex marriage, saying it would “accelerate the precipitous decline of the Swedish family.”
The Scandinavian nation, which has had civil partnerships for gays since 1995, is now considering homosexual marriage. A parliamentary committee studying the change is expected to issue its report early next year.
Opinion polls show only 46% of Swedes favor same-sex marriage, while 31% are opposed and the rest undecided.
Carlson commented: “Sweden already has the lowest marriage rate in the world, and leads the world in cohabitation. In the United States, 8% of coupled households are cohabiting. In Sweden, the figure is 28%.”
“This failure to form families is having predictable consequences,” Carlson observed. “While the nation’s fertility rate (1.64 children per woman) is above some European nations, it’s well below replacement level (2.1). Legalizing alternative marriage will further weaken the natural family.”
While the nation’s largest denomination, the Church of Sweden, favors the change, 10% of its priests have signed a petition urging parliament not to amend the marriage law.
In response to the proposed move, the Swedish Evangelical Alliance and it's project “Bevara äktenskapet” (Defend the marriage) is calling on all denominations and churches to celebrate the institution of marriage at church services on October 21. Carlson was recently interviewed on gay marriage by the Swedish Christian newspaper, Varlden idag (The World Today). This article (in Swedish) is available online at: www.profam.org/Special/acc.vaid.0710.pdf.
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