During the postal survey period, the “No” campaign repeatedly warned that there would be consequences to the redefinition of marriage. But we did not imagine we would start to see them so fast!
Same-sex marriage legislation was passed as law less than two weeks ago, and the LGBTI lobby has already begun to move onto “bigger” plans. Here are some of the agendas we have seen pushed by the gay lobby after taking the gender requirement out of marriage:
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Gender ‘X’ on marriage form
The new “notice of intended marriage” form from the Attorney-General’s department replaced the old one on Saturday 9 Dec 2017. The form has the new headings “Party 1” and “Party 2” (replacing Bridegroom and Bride), with a “Description of party” section now offering three options: “groom”, “bride” and “partner”.
There are now also three boxes for choice of gender: “male”, “female” and “X” - which is described as “indeterminate, intersex or unspecified”.
Calls for “Safe Schools”-type programs across Australia
The day after same-sex marriage passed as law, there was a call for LGBTI sexuality education in schools across Australia, calls for schools “to adopt LGBTI inclusive policies across all school curricula (not just sexuality education)”, advocating comprehensive sexuality education “that includes information about, and resources relevant to, sexuality and gender diverse students”.
Reform religious organisation’s hiring policy regarding LGBTI staff
In the past two weeks there have been multiple articles in the media rejecting the right of religious organisation’s rights to decline employment for people in same-sex relationships (according to the organisation’s values).
LGBTI groups are asking for an “urgent need for law reform to protect LGBTI teachers, students and families” after a catholic school dismissed a casual teacher who was revealed to be in a same-sex relationship.
Gender neutral toilets
A proposal is being considered by the National Building Codes Board to make dedicated gender neutral facilities for transgender people compulsory in all public places.
As one article above concluded: “These issues should just be a starting point. Marriage equality is not the end of the road.”
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