Here’s my 5c worth after some very deep thought and Google research along with illegally marrying my darling husband last December. These are the views of Jimmy Kerr personally a Founder of Pokolbin Pride and no one else.
- 1 in 5 straight people get married more than once.
- 1 in 3 marriages end in divorce.
Less straight people got married in 2015 than in 2014 (the last accurate numbers from the Australian Bureau of Statistics).
11% and growing; the proportion of marriages that are second marriages for both parties.
More than 70% of marriages are overseen by a Civil Celebrant rather than a Priest or religious celebrant. Marriage is no longer a Christian or religious property by any stretch of the imagination.
Dissecting the statistics one time, life long marriage between a Christian man and a woman accounts for less than 10% of all new marriages.
Marriage as an solid social, let alone Christian, institution is pretty much non-existent in our society.
The LGBTIQ community includes 46,800 same-sex couples according to the 2016 census results. Many of whom who have been in hidden stable relationships for a lot longer than their straight counterparts.
Allowing these relationships to be included in Marriage statistics by extending the right to marry would go a long to immediately ‘save’ the institution of Marriage from a statistical perspective.
11% of the Australian population identify as LGBTIQ allowing us the right to get married opens up the institution to about two million potential new customers.
Let’s give everyone the chance to screw it up even further.
Or perhaps, just perhaps let’s give 11% of adults the opportunity to give marriage another chance at success and reinvigorate for generations to come.
Because a no vote is a not just inhumane judgement on 11% of the population similar to racism or sexism in the last century: a No vote is a vote of no confidence in the institution of marriage as viable vehicle for our social structures in the future.
Facts for this opinion from;