The Matter of Marriage in Australia

30 September 2015
The Matter of Marriage in Australia

UnitingJustice Australia is extremely concerned that a plebiscite on same-sex marriage in Australia will be socially divisive and even harmful. UnitingJustice recommends that a plebiscite not be held and that a decision on the matter be made by the Federal Parliament.

The Uniting Church in Australia has articulated a strong stance on the protection of human rights since its inception in 1977, including an affirmation of the importance of every human being and the rights of each citizen to personal dignity. The 2006 Uniting Church statement Dignity in Humanity said:

We affirm the inherent and inalienable right of all people to live free of persecution and violence, with access to all that is necessary for a decent life.

UnitingJustice Australia does not believe that a plebiscite or a referendum are appropriate methods to address matters of equality and human rights in this country. We address this from a legal and from a human rights perspective.