In 2016, the Supreme Court of Australia struck down the law that prohibited interracial couples from getting married in NSW.
That decision, and subsequent legal challenges to similar laws in other states, has created a national debate about the fairness of the law and the impact of race on society.
“This is a time of political and social upheaval and a moment of reckoning,” Justice Peter Jackson said in the decision.
“It is not unreasonable to assume that those who are in the minority will experience significant discomfort and prejudice.”
The Supreme Court’s decision was a victory for interracial marriage equality, which is gaining momentum nationally.
But the ruling has not been universally accepted.
Some have argued that the Supreme Day observance could lead to “cultural and religious marginalisation” of Aboriginal people and the exclusion of Indigenous people from the ceremony.
There are some who argue that the same rights apply to all people regardless of their race.
If you can’t have a conversation, it’s a good sign that you are in a minority.
I think that’s just how it works.
– Peter Jackson, Liberal Party candidate for the seat of Warringah, Western Australia in the 2017 election.
He told ABC News Breakfast the Supreme court decision would be “good for the Aboriginal community”, which has seen the number of marriages decline in recent years.
In Warringa, the party is running candidates in the two seat areas.
Jackson told ABC Radio Melbourne’s Today program the issue was important to him, but he believed the decision was not about Aboriginal people.
I think it’s really important that the issue be debated.
I know people are feeling a little bit of disappointment and a little anger.
I’ve never seen that kind of anger in my lifetime, I’ve always felt a bit of love and respect for people, Jackson said.
As the Supreme day approaches, there is a real concern that the decision will only make it harder for Indigenous people to celebrate the day.
‘Not just a question of being a minority’ When it comes to interracial relationships, there are also cultural and religious differences that may be affecting the ceremonies and the celebrants.
One of the reasons that Aboriginal people in NSW are required to wear traditional dress is to keep the ceremonies respectful and reverent.
But in Warringan, a number of women wearing traditional dress are now challenging the requirement.
They argue the dress is disrespectful and a way of keeping the ceremony sacred, but it’s not only a question for the couple to decide, they’re also fighting a legal battle to be allowed to participate in the event.
Aboriginal men who wear traditional clothing, like traditional dress, do not necessarily have to wear their traditional dress in a traditional way.
Some traditional Aboriginal dress can be considered indecent, or offensive.
When it is seen as offensive, it can be referred to the traditional dress court, which decides if a wedding or ceremony can go ahead.
The High Court ruled in 2015 that women should not be required to dress in traditional dress and said women who choose to dress as men should not face discrimination, and that they should be free to do so.
It is believed traditional Aboriginal attire and dress is culturally important.
At the time, the court noted that traditional Aboriginal clothing, including traditional dress was worn in many cultures around the world.
And there is evidence that many traditional Aboriginal Australians wear traditional dresses, said the High Court.