Secular Party Strongly Supports Marriage Equality

The Secular Party of Australia strongly supports the move towards ending discrimination on the basis of sexual preference.

We believe that Australia is at risk of being left behind as a progressive and equitable society while increasing numbers of countries are legalising same-sex marriage.

We applaud the many significant changes to same-sex discrimination implemented by the Rudd Government following the recommendations of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission. It is time the last remaining recommendations be implemented.

The opposition to same sex marriage is significantly related to out-dated religious doctrines.

Most Australians, including many of faith, support the ending of discrimination. Sadly many of their elected representatives from both sides of politics are unduly influenced by their own religious beliefs or the vocal, well-funded, minority interests of certain religions.

The Marriage Act, amended by the Howard Government for the sole purpose of denying same-sex couples the same rights as all other Australians, should be changed as soon as possible.

The Secular Party stands for a true secular society in Australia, free of religious influence in matters of public policy.

Nov 25, 2010