Sydney lawyer and LGBTI activist Simon Margan is calling for community members to become plaintiffs in a class action against the federal Government’s ban on same-sex marriage.

Margan intends to challenge the ban on the grounds of sex discrimination and discrimination based on marital status.

“We’re looking for a broad range of the LGBTI community — plaintiffs who represent all of the lesbian gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex categories to make it as representative as possible,” Margan told
the Star Observer.

Margan said it was not necessary for a person to have married overseas or have tried to marry or to even be in a relationship to take part in the class action.

“Part of the complaint is about people who have tried to get married and who want to get married but are being restricted from doing so but another part of the complaint is about the fact that the law exists and infringes our human rights,” Margan said.

“The mere existence of the law is something that is discriminating against all of the LGBTI community regardless of whether you want to get married or not.” Anyone wishing to become a plaintiff should contact Simon at SMargan@bigpond.net.au and he will send the necessary paperwork to fill out.

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