Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Australian family law attorney Stephen Page on relationship registries in Australia, and "overseas trends" in same-sex marriage

05/06/09 Australian Gay and Lesbian Blog:

Brisbane family law practitioner Stephen Page provides the speech he gave at a 04/28/09 debate on same-sex marriage. He describes the status and limitations of the right to marry in Australia. He states that Australian courts could not reach decisions of state Supreme Courts in Connecticut, California, and Iowa, because Australia does not have a bill of rights. However, he considers it important to discuss the cases, "not because they're American, but because they state, or at least purport to state universal values, and they contain powerful arguments, worthy of being listened to."

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