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Lawyers welcome Labor's push for marriage equality, urge open debate

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A leading Australian family lawyer has welcomed Federal Labor’s push for marriage equality and is calling for an open and progressive debate.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten will introduce a private member’s bill to amend the Marriage Act in favour of same-sex marriage.

Slater and Gordon family lawyer Kim Healy said changes to Australia’s Marriage Act were long overdue and are needed to provide equality and security to families.

“When Ireland voted for marriage equality at the weekend, it put Australia behind more than 22 other countries and a host of American states,” Ms Healy said.

“A Crosby/Textor poll found 72 per cent of Australians supported marriage equality,” Ms Healy said.

Ms Healy said the only thing holding back marriage equality in Australia was five words in the Marriage Act.

“The Parliament simply needs to delete “a man and a woman” and replace it with “two persons,” she said.

Ms Healy said marriage equality could be achieved with as few as three legislative changes:

  1. By amending the definition of marriage to the 'union of two people' regardless of their sex;
  2. By recognising foreign same-sex marriages and;
  3. By allowing religious ministers the freedom to perform marriages according to their faith.

Watch the following video of some of our Family Lawyers showing their support for Marriage Equality.