Same Sex Marriage welcomed

December 7, 2017 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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The Executive Council of Australian Jewry has welcomed the passing of Same Sex Legislation.

Executive director Peter Wertheim told J-Wire: “The issue was discussed at the ECAJ annual conference on November 26 which supported  the legislation.”


The Jewish Community Council of Victoria (JCCV) has told J-Wire it is delighted that marriage equality has now been legislated and that all Australians regardless of their sexual orientation, and their families, will be treated as equal under Australian law.

JCCV President Jennifer Huppert stated, “This was a difficult and contentious process but we welcome the outcome.  The JCCV would like to thank past Executives of the JCCV, the JCCV LGBTI Reference Groups and affiliates for their advocacy and support throughout this difficult process, and appreciate that the Australian Government retained its commitment to ensure legislation passed by the end of the year.”

Jennifer Huppert

“We also recognise the impact that the debate and survey had on the LGBTI members of community, and hope that anyone facing mental health concerns as a result, seek appropriate support and assistance.”

“We must also ensure that our community is inclusive for all community members and that our community organisations maintain inclusive practices and procedures to ensure LGBTI individuals and their families feel welcome, respected and valued.”

Those seeking support and assistance can download a copy of the JCCV LGBTI Services Directory at to seek support from an appropriate service provider.

Same sex couples still have to wait a month before marriages can be performed. The Bill requires the signature of the Governor-General.

In Sydney, the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies sent a hearty mazal tov to all the LGBTI members of the community, their families and friends, and all who made the same-sex vote in the House of Representatives possible.  They said: “We look forward to celebrating many simchas with them in the future.”



One Response to “Same Sex Marriage welcomed”
  1. Michael Barnett says:

    Love always wins out. L’Chaim.

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