Mark Dreyfus puts case for ‘yes’ vote but LGBTI rights advocate Merav Michaeli says societies should not fight to preserve ‘sexist’ institution

Marriage is a sexist institution and societies should not fight to preserve it, the Israeli parliament member and LGBTI rights advocate Merav Michaeli said on the ABC’s Q&A program on Monday night, while Labor’s Mark Dreyfus has argued that Australia risks being the “the last country in the developed world” to have the change.

Michaeli’s comments were prompted by a question about whether the institution of marriage as it currently exists in Australia was worth maintaining given rising divorce rates. Much of the program focused on the issue of same-sex marriage given the upcoming postal vote, which will ask Australians whether it should be legalised.

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