Christians lead way in inter-faith marriages
Dewi Cooke; 20/7/09
More Australians are marrying outside their religion, with second and third-generation family members increasingly willing to walk down the aisle with people of other faiths. Monash University research has found Christians have the highest rates of intermarriage, particularly with people from other Christian denominations, while newly emerging religions in Australia such as Hinduism and Islam have the lowest. About 60 per cent of Presbyterian men and women had married someone of another faith, followed by more than 43 per cent of Uniting Church-goers, 41 per cent of Anglicans and more than 37 per cent of Catholics. By comparison, 10 per cent of Hindus had married out of their faith along with just 8 per cent of Muslim men and 6 per cent of Muslim women.
Same-sex couples demand right to marry
Greg Roberts; 20/7/09
Life for gay and lesbian couples in Australia is better than ever before but many still feel like second-class citizens. The reason: same-sex Australian couples cannot get married. The Equal Love gay rights group was holding a fundraising party in Melbourne on Sunday night ahead of a national day of action for its campaign for same-sex marriage on Saturday, August 1. The rallies will include a world record attempt for the largest mass illegal wedding.