Here are the key points from its report:
- The majority of the committee believes marriage is a human right and itâ€™s unacceptable for the state to deny it to same-sex couples.
- Some (unspecified) members of the committee believe civil unions are enough.
- The Bill should not impact on peopleâ€™s religious freedoms â€“ and no church ministers will have to marry gay people under changes to it.
- Transgender people would no longer have to get divorced or
switch to a civil union to remain married when they officially change their
- The words "husband and wife" will be replaced with "married couple" or "spouses" in various pieces of law.
- The current adoption law â€śseems absurdâ€ť and amendments to the Bill will ensure married couples are eligible to adopt, regardless of their gender.
- The passion of submitters was palpable.
- The Committee is heartened at the younger generationâ€™s heartfelt
involvement on both sides of the debate.
By the numbers
18,898 Replicated similar content (eg: generic submissions)
10,487 Supported the Bill
8,148 Opposed the Bill
220 Submissions were heard