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.