Homosexuality, Marriage Rights, and Equality 


Why Choose this Topic:

The feature is related to homosexual marriage rights in Australia. Homosexuality is a popular social trend, which encompasses gays and lesbians. With increased recognition of homosexuality, several social, political, and legal issues have been generated. According to the 2011 Census, there were around 33,700 same-sex couples in Australia, with 17,600 male same-sex couples and 16,100 female same-sex couples. From 2006-2008, about 2.4% of the population identified themselves as homosexual. From2012-2014, this increased to 3.4%. Clearly, the number of people coming out increased. Homosexual needs balanced basic rights in various areas, such as medical, educational, employee and marriage. Although the Australian government published a law to protect the basic rights of homosexuals, homosexuals still suffer from discrimination. The right to marry is the main significant difference between the legal treatment of same-sex and heterosexual relationships in Australia. Furthermore, same-sex marriage remains controversial; the balance right of same-sex marriage is an aspiration supported by the homosexuality community. Based on homosexuality in Australia, the feature angle focuses on homosexual marriage rights, as well as analyses legal standards. Homosexual marriage rights are relevant to homosexual law, which relates to constitute and implement homosexual marriage rights. Feature values reflect related social issues, explaining law policy and paying more attention to the rights of homosexuals.


Research of feature topic

I will do the research of Law standards and marriage equality rights in Australia.Also, I will do the more research of homosexual law in different countries.For example, in 26 June 2015, the United States government published laws to approve homosexual marriages; the new law brought huge shock to the homosexual community in Australia. Supporters of homosexual rights need to completion and protested against the Australia government.


I will interview Eation Xiao, an identified homosexual for 14 years. Coming from China, after breaking up with his boyfriend he decided to move to Australia to start a new life as the social outlook towards homosexuality is more comfortable than China. His previous relationship ended because his boyfriend wanted to work in government. However, homosexuality would undoubtedly affect his boyfriend’s professional career in China. Although Eation Xiao and his boyfriend dated for seven years, they could not avoid China’s social environment. When Eation Xiao cameto Australia, he enjoyed a comfortable pro-homosexual environment, but homosexual marriage still has on going controversy. In Australia, homosexuality lacks protective marriage rights.

The interview with Eation Xiao will involve several questions: What is the attitude towards same-sex marriage in Australia? What weaknesses exist in Australian marriage law?

Furthermore, I will interview Sasa Huang, a lawyer who is very interested in homosexual rights. She will provide professional legal suggestions, analyse legal rights of homosexuals as well as difficulties related to implementing homosexual marriage in Australia.


Online Publication

This feature addresses Australian social issues, sectioned from national news in the Sydney Morning Herald. The Sydney Morning Herald was founded in 1831, acting as the oldest newspaper in Australia. Australian visitors reached 59.8% around the world, and bounce rate was 60.5%.Publishing this feature in the Sydney Morning Herald would effectively promote and attract more readers.



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