Australian Marriage Equality have taken the arrival of new year and new same-sex entitlements, as an opportunity to renew their pledge to continue fighting for equal marriage rights.
AME have once again called on the government to introduce same-sex marriages in Australia, to stop gay and lesbian couples from being forced to prove their status when accessing entitlements.
Being eligible for financial entitlements is one thing, but accessing them is quite another, said AME spokesman Alex Greenwhich.
If we had marriage, the difference would be that you wouldn’t have to go through a whole process when trying to access services, you would just have to show the relevant people your marriage certificate and you wouldn’t have to have friends or colleagues interviewed to prove your relationship. You wouldn’t have to have to provide other forms of evidence.
If you are married it is a pain free and stress free process whereas if you’re in a same-sex relationship you’ve got to go through all these checks and have everything proved, which is not a process which everyone would be keen to go through.
AME’s case is looking no brighter in the new year however, with a spokesman from the Attorney-General’s Department issuing a statement which read, the Government’s position on marriage has not changed. We do not support same-sex marriage.
It is the Government’s view that couples who have a mutual commitment to a shared life should be able to have their relationships recognised.
The Government’s policy on relationship recognition supports a state based, nationally consistent scheme for the registration of committed adult relationships, that are not marriages, he furthered.