gay marriage in Australia and internationally
-54% of Australians same-sex couples would marry if they had the chance. 80% support the the choice. 55% of same-sex de-facto couples and 78% of same-sex civil partners would prefer to marry if they had the choice.
-the ban on same-sex marriages in Australia includes a ban on the recognition of same-sex marriages entered to by Australians overseas
-15% of male same-sex couples and 25% of female same-sex couples are raising children
-if they were allowed to marry, Australian same-sex couples would spend over half a billion dollars on weddings and marriage license fees
- since 2001, 12 countries have legalised same sex marriage
- even with warnings from officials that said that they could be shut down, some conservative magistrates in Argentina have refused to conduct same-sex marriages
- between 1999 and 2008, 30 states in the USA, voted state wide and banned gay marriage