NSW GLRL and family lawyers welcome proposed same-sex marriage bill

Date: Oct 24, 2013

The NSW Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby (GLRL) and Craddock Murray Neumann's team of family lawyers are pleased that steps are being taken to introduce a same-sex marriage bill to the NSW Parliament.

Craddock Murray Neumann is well versed in offering family law advice to same-sex couples, and supports the NSW Cross-Parliamentary Marriage Equality Group's efforts to make marriage equality a reality.

On Tuesday (October 22), the ACT became the first state or territory to pass a same-sex marriage bill. Now the GLRL and NSW Cross-Parliamentary Marriage Equality Group think it's NSW's turn.

A report published earlier this year by the NSW Legislative Council's Standing Committee on Social Issues revealed that the NSW Parliament is well within its rights to pass such a bill at a state level.

Justin Koonin, co-convenor of the GLRL, said in an October 23 statement that the bill is "part of a wave of support for marriage equality".

"Its introduction signals the determination by our political leaders, and members of the community, to ensure that marriage equality becomes a reality in NSW in the very near future."

The bill has a narrow frame, according to Mr Koonin, which was purposely done to give it the best chance of success.

While this may have immediate ramifications for trans and intersex people, Mr Koonin said its a step in the right direction and may encourage a more inclusive attitude in the future.

Lainie Arnold, who is also co-convenor of the GLRL, urged all involved to vote in favour of the same-sex marriage bill in NSW.

He said it would be "a mark of commitment to equality and non-discrimination".

"Australians, including people in committed relationships in NSW, have waited years for the opportunity to marry the person they love in their own state," Mr Arnold explained in an October 23 statement.

"The NSW Parliament now has the opportunity to make this a reality, and not just a dream."

If you live in NSW, are in a same-sex relationship and need some family law advice, Craddock Murray Neumann is here to help.

We are a family law firm that has been working with people in same-sex relationships for many years, and have experience in a wide range of fields.

Our family lawyers will make sure you understand your options, how much the process will cost and keep you informed of progress every step of the way.