Chapter 1 -- Same-sex relationships and marriage; Chapter 2 -- Opinions opposed to same-sex marriage; Chapter 3 -- Opinions in favour of same-sex marriage; Exploring issues -- worksheets and activities; Index.
Same-sex marriages are currently not permitted under Australian federal law. Although same-sex couples in de facto relationships have had most of the legal rights of married couples since July 2009, there is however no national registered partnership or civil union scheme. Public opinion polls in Australia consistently show majority support for same-sex marriage, yet political and legal opposition to it has stymied a number of recent attempts at state and federal level to legislate for 'marriage equality', which would require amending the federal Marriage Act. Should marriage only be between a.