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PUBLISHER Leanne Hart Editor Elizabeth Campbell

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marriage equality

Art Director Aimi Hart Publishing + digital assistant Kirstin Cuthbert

t reads like a Celebrity “who’s who” list - Ellen DeGeneres, Neil Patrick Harris, Cynthia Nixon, Elton John, Melissa Etheridge, Michael Kors, and Rosie O’Donnell. And it is a celebrity who’s who list. It also happens to be some of the celebrities who are married to their same sex partner. And with the recent announcement of Australia’s Anthony Callea and Tim Campbell’s nuptials Rebekah Lamb LLB (in New Zealand), marriage equality Cassandra Pullos Lawyers is once again at the forefront of social commentary. With more than 60% of Australians supporting marriage equality in 2012 (according to a Galaxy poll), the push for politicians being allowed a conscience vote on proposed reforms to the Federal Marriage Act are being renewed and reinforced by advocates for marriage equality. Amongst the high profile celebrities, such as Hugh Jackman and Guy Pearce, is US President Barack Obama, stating that “No one’s equality should ever be denied… we will stand up for our gay and lesbian fellow citizens”. Marriage equality is an important human rights issue for all Australians and despite having well publicised and prominent support worldwide, it is still not a right available to Australians in their own country. The Australian Human Rights Commission considers that the fundamental human rights principle of equality means that civil marriage should be available, without discrimination, to all couples, regardless of sex, sexual orientation or gender identity. Whilst there has been amendments to various federal and state legislation to ensure same sex couples receive the same treatment or recognition in a number of forums, including in succession law, family law, entitlement to Government and spousal work related benefits, the opportunity to marry, a fundamental human right, remains elusive to the LGBTI community. As a result of this discrimination in regards to marriage, people within the LGBTI community are often ill-informed or unaware of their legal rights and entitlements. Cassandra Pullos Lawyers understand that the issues facing gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgender and intersex people are equally different and at the same time, similar to those faced by heterosexual people. Cassandra Pullos and Alice Drummond, both of whom are Accredited Family Law Specialists, have extensive experience in working with people in the LGBTI community. Bek Lamb, also a family lawyer at Cassandra Pullos Lawyers, has an established interest in pursuing LGBTI rights. The team at Cassandra Pullos Lawyers advocates for marriage equality and is knowledgeable in all legal fields associated with the people from the LGBTI community; whether it be planning for a family, following a relationship p +61 7 5526 3646 breakdown or estate planning. If you require legal advice in relation to the rights and entitlements of the LGBTI community, contact Cassandra Pullos Lawyers to ensure that you receive comprehensive and accurate advice.

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