A group of academics from Deakin University's School of Law today called on the Australian Senate to pass laws to allow marriage equality.
The submission noted that the realisation of the rights to non-discrimination and equality are fundamental to a free and democratic society. Conversely, discrimination and inequality result in social exclusion, poor health outcomes, entrenched poverty and disadvantage, violence and other negative outcomes.
The ten authors support marriage equality, and reject those arguments that seek to deny equality and non-discrimination to same-sex couples. 'We support the Bill’s commitment to eliminating discrimination and inequality on the grounds of sex, sexual orientation and gender identity,' said contributer James Farrell. 'We commend this Bill, and encourage the Committee to support its passage through the Commonwealth Parliament, to deliver fair, just and equal outcomes for same-sex couples and the broader Australian community.'
The submission can be downloaded here .