Submission to the Australian Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee Regarding the Recognition of Foreign Marriages Bill 2014
In her testimony submitted to the Australian Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee, Williams Distinguished Scholar M. V. Lee Badgett highlights three issues involving the likely impact of Recognition of the Foreign Marriages Bill 2014. First, the experiences in the United States and the Netherlands demonstrate that allowing same-sex couples to marry has had positive effects on couples, their children, and their families. Second, data from both countries shows that civil unions are not a good substitute for marriage. And third, marriage equality has been economically advantageous for the states that have enacted it in the U.S. and would bring direct economic benefits to Australian businesses as well if Australian couples could marry at home.