I Do Day supports marriage equality

Date: Mar 02, 2012

March 2 has been designated as national I Do Day in support of a growing movement to allow for same sex marriages to take place in Australia.

The organiser of the event is Alisha Elliott, the relationships manager for Earth Hour at the World Wildlife Fund.

Elliott has used her skills and experience in managing charitable campaigns that make a difference to develop this new initiative.

In a interview with lip magazine on February 27, the founder explained her reasons for pressing ahead with the public event.

She said that when her husband-to-be asked her to marry him, she went to share the good news with her family and friends.

Some members of her social circle were involved in same-sex relationships expressed their joy at her announcement, but privately confessed that they too looked forward to the day when they could share in the act.

Elliot told the publication: "The issue of marriage equality is important to me because it is a simple right that all people should be able to experience.

"I created the I Do Day campaign because I wanted to do something about it."

This latest push for marriage equality comes off the back of recent research that shows support for these relationships to be officially recognised is growing in the community - for example family law advice is now readily available to same-sex couples.

A poll performed by leading statistics agency Galaxy  has shown that in 2011, 62 per cent of the population surveyed thought that same-sex marriage was worth their support, while 75 per cent felt that the changes to legislation to make it a reality were "inevitable".

On the topic of finally being able to introduce the legislative alterations necessary across the nation, Elliot said that very little change would actually be noticeable to society as a whole, as many same-sex couples had "been raising children together for years".

The I Do Day founder explained: "The only thing that will change is three little words and our nation will progress in treating the LGBTI community as equals rather than outliers."

In New South Wales, same-sex couples can have their relationship recorded by the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages.

Partners looking to explore the legal ramifications of these decisions could do well to contact a family lawyer for further advice.