‘I would rather not die’: Young man says he would rather die than marry his partner’s parents
Young people in Australia are finding it increasingly difficult to marry their parents.
The trend has led to some marriages being thrown out and others being forced on to younger people.
A survey by the National Survey of Family and Households found that just over half of people aged 18-24 wanted to marry or have a relationship with a family member, but just under half of all people did not want to get married.
There are fears that young people are being pushed out of the Australian family system by the introduction of same-sex marriage.
In 2015, the Federal Government made a commitment to end discrimination against LGBTI people by law.
The ABC’s The Fifth Estate understands that a large proportion of the country’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender population is still not in the legal marriage age of 26.
It is not yet known how many people would be forced into same-gender marriage under the proposed law.
However, the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ Homestay Finder app has seen an increase in the number of older Australians wanting to find out about the future of their partner.
“I have a number of friends that I want to see again, but I think it’s better that I get to know them before they do,” says 25-year-old James, who is also gay.
James, who has been with his partner of five years, two of whom are also straight, says he has been asked by some to stay at home with them and is not happy with that decision.
But James says he is not going to be a part of the “reactionary culture” of some older people.
“They’re not going around saying that they’re going to force me into this, because I know what I want and what I need,” he says.
“But I also know that I’ve got to stay and support them.
I’ve never felt so alone.”
James has been able to work in the fields but has been offered a job in his role as a carpenter, but he is worried about what that will mean for his future.
He has also noticed a rise in young people turning to online dating apps like Tinder.
Tinder has seen a huge increase in popularity among older Australians, with more than two-thirds of Australians aged 25-34 now using the app.
While many young people might not have been aware of same sex marriage, it is now one of the most common relationships in Australian life.
According to data from the Australian Marriage Equality, more than 60 per cent of Australians have at least one same-age partner and more than 70 per cent have one or more children with them.
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