At every civil wedding ceremony in Australia, the discriminatory nature of marriage must be announced by law.The Marriage Act obliges civil celebrants to say: Before you are joined in marriage in my presence and in the presence of these witnesses, I am to remind you of the solemn and binding nature of the relationship into which you are now about to enter.But what does nature itself have to say about different orientations?Surprisingly, there wasn’t much discussion concerning homosexuality in the animal kingdom until 2000, when biologist and linguist Bruce Bagemihl published “Biological Exuberance: Animal Homosexuality and Natural Diversity The book gained a lot of popularity and was even cited by the American Psychiatric Association and other groups in a brief to the Supreme Court in Lawrence v.


Is heterosexuality in fact “common sense” in nature?

The provision reflects common law and religious views prevalent at the time.

Garfield Barwick, the key architect of Australia’s marriage laws, explained in 1960 that the legislation was: These ideas persist today.

Despite this support for marriage equality, marriage itself is in decline in Australia.

There were just 5.2 marriages per 1000 people in 2014, down from 6.2 in 2004 and 9.2 in 1950. And 74.1% of Australians who do get married now choose a civil rather than religious wedding.


  1. Aug 20, 2015. Invented by Alfred Kinsey in the 1940s, the Kinsey scale plots individuals on a range of sexual dispositions from exclusively heterosexual at 0.

  2. Arch Sex Behav. 2002 Feb;31183-98. Gender-related traits of heterosexual and homosexual men and women. Lippa RA1. Author information 1Department.

  3. In the first quarter of the twentieth century the heterosexual came out, a public, self-affirming debut the homosexual would duplicate near the century's end.

  4. Aug 7, 2015. About a flag for heterosexuals; Black and white striped flag; Straight pride flag; Straight ally flag; Pro-heterosexual protest flags in Russia.

  5. Sep 23, 2016. Heterosexual couples who believe in marriage equality, and the civil celebrants who marry them, are using wedding ceremonies to protest.

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