Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Visit from Mariette Geldenhuys

One of the delights in practice is coming across other lawyers who are also fighting the good fight, seeking to ensure that there is equality.

Last week I had the joy of hosting a visit from update Amrerican lawyer Mariette Geldenhuys. Mariette is a family lawyer and mediator from Ithaca, in upstate New York.

She has been a prominent campaigner for LGBT rights in the US, including working for a long time with the National Center for Lesbian Rights. The NCLR has been at the centre of many of the court cases in the US seeking equal marriage rights, playing a key advocacy role in convincing courts that it is a constitutional right there that same sex couples be able to marry.

During her visit we discussed about how it was essential that equal rights were recognised in law, and steps that had been taken in the US and Australia to both advance and set back those rights.

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