The Australian Government is failing to live up to its UN treaty obligations as long as it continues to deny same-sex marriage, Amnesty International Australia has warned.
Writing to the Senate Marriage Inquiry, Amnesty reminded the Government of the statement they signed last year, along with 66 other countries, to put an end to human rights abuses against the worldwide GLBT community.
“The supporting countries reaffirmed the principle of non-discrimination, which requires that human rights apply equally to every human being regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity,” Amnesty’s government relations advisor Louise Allen stated.
“Amnesty International believes that the removal of discrimination should extend to laws relating to the legal union of couples, otherwise known as marriage.
“To continue to prevent same-sex couples from entering into a legally binding union on the basis of sexual orientation is discriminatory and goes against the internationally recognised principle outlined.”
Amnesty pointed out that the right of adults to enter into consensual marriage is enshrined in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

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