'By removing the focus on sexuality we are trying to remind Mr Abbott and others who share a similar view that marriage should be a union between two people in love, irrespective of gender,' MOGA said.
Until the late 20th century, marriage was rarely a matter of free choice.In 2000 the Netherlands became the first country to legalize same-sex marriages; the law came into force on April 1, 2001.Belgium passed a similar law in 2003, except that it limited marriageable partners to those whose national laws allowed such marriages (i.e., Belgians could only marry Belgians or Netherlanders). In the biological evolutionary scale, the more complex the species, the longer the offspring is dependent on its mother for survival from the time of birth to maturity.Court decisions in some Canadian provinces made same-sex marriages legal there in 2002–04. Human beings, at the top of the evolutionary scale, require the most time of all species to reach maturity.Some Scandinavian countries extended benefits and obligations to same-sex couples by means of a registered domestic partnership or civil union, both of which terms meant different things in different contexts. This imposes increased duties on human parents for the care of their children, and marriage traditionally has been seen as the institution best suited to fulfill these parental duties and responsibilities.