The Australian Family Association (AFA) and the National Marriage Coalition have called for married heterosexuals to be paid cash bonuses for staying together, while opposing any recognition or reward for same-sex couples who do the same.

AFA vice-president Mary-Louise Fowler, told ABC Radio it was wrong heterosexual married couples who did not divorce were treated in the same way as everyone else and deserved a “marriage bonus” for staying together.

“Why not reward people who stick at it?” Fowler said. “We know it’s not easy to stick at it.

“We’re all fallen human beings and we tend to argue and all sorts of things happen.”

Australian Marriage Equality’s Peter Furness said a cash pay-off was an awful reason for two people to stay together.

“Money is no basis for keeping a relationship together whether you are married or not,: he said.

“I’m all for the government assisting relationships — we have a great organisation, Relationships Australia that does that — but a cash bonus seems appalling.”
The Australian Family Association last week hosted a dinner commemorating the ban on same-sex marriage in Australia — which they want the Government to rename Australian Marriage Day and so that it can be celebrated every year.

Furness said the campaign to have the anniversary of a discriminatory piece of legislation into a national day celebration was in “extremely poor taste”.

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