I believe that this debate has been very worthwhile in bringing this issue to the forefront of the community and people are now thinking about the issue, whether opposing or in favour, and the fact that many same-sex couples are struggling with this and do not feel valued in our society.
Conversion therapy on minors outlawed. Gender change only requires a simple declaration. Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives Inc. ABC News homepage.
Other intimacy-building activities you might try include:. The New York Times. It is important to keep the conversation positive and not leave your partner feeling like they are being attacked or blamed. Not everyone desires the same amount of sex, and sex drive has a natural ebb and flow. While there is a "normal" drop off within the first few years of marriage, particularly if kids come into the picture, complete loss of this physical aspect of marriage often signals a marital problem that needs to be addressed.
Australia portal LGBT portal. My friends' sexual orientation is of no concern to me. In Australia the Marriage Act provides opposite-sex couples with the mechanism to formally and legally register their union.
It is as a legislator and not as a mother that I have to make this decision. Retrieved 7 November However, like anything, the vast majority are silent and do not pass an opinion, and may or may not be in favour. If we should lose a High Court challenge any marriages performed may be deemed not legal and I think that would be doubly hurtful for those involved.
The Adoption Act states that "an order for the adoption of a child may be made in favour of two persons who, for a period of not less than 3 years before the date on which the order is made, have been married to each other or have been the parties to a significant relationship which is the subject of a deed of relationship registered under Part 2 of the Relationships Act Four months after the UNHRC decision and after failing to persuade the Tasmanian Government to repeal the offending laws, the Keating Government passed the Human Rights Sexual Conduct Act , with section 4 legalising sexual activity between consenting adults throughout Australia and prohibiting any laws that arbitrarily interfere with the sexual conduct of adults in private.