The bill will allow ‘two people’ to marry regardless of their sex or gender, while still maintaining the right for religious ministers and religious service providers to refuse their services to same-sex couples.
The passage of the bill removes the last legal discrimination against LGBTI people from the statute books of the state.
Advocates have championed the report as providing a pathway to marriage equality in this parliament.
A survey found that the majority of LGBTI Australians are against the government’s proposals in its draft marriage equality bill.
“It’s crucial that LGBTI voices are heard on reforms that may directly impact their lives”
Advocates have said they prefer the wording in the current Marriage Act.
“I want to let the South Australian community know that I’m sorry for the discrimination within the state’s laws that they have experienced in the past”
“I remember one of the teachers openly saying to students that being gay was sinful and that gay people would be punished”
If passed the bill will give legal recognition to all same-sex and gender diverse couples across the state, along with those married overseas.