Australia at the crossroads – how do we choose the right path?

Sophie York is the National spokeswoman for Marriage Alliance, an independent organisation which advocates the right of all Australians to freely support the legal definition of marriage in Australia remaining exclusively between one man and one woman (known socially and culturally as “husband and wife”).

This organisation considers that such marriage has served Australian families, society and culture well. It also considers that whenever major societal structural change is contemplated, the rights and freedoms of all possibly affected by the change, must be acknowledged and protected.

In her address at the Freedom for Faith Conference, Sophie examines a few case studies from overseas to offer an understanding of experiences in other countries where same-sex marriage has been legalised, with a view to exploring lessons we can learn from them.


Sophie is a dedicated wife and mother of four, published author, engaging speaker, successful lawyer, university lecturer, naval officer and passionate advocate. Her honourable service to the Royal Australian Navy spans 25 years, a platform in building her leadership skills, and a rich career in the legal profession has led her from the courtroom to the lectern. Sophie is a Lecturer of Public International Law and Legal Philosophy at The University of Notre Dame, and Jurisprudence at The University of Sydney.