Sunbathing at the beach is not uncommon in Australia.
But when a couple is caught on camera, there’s little hope of a happy ending.
But that may soon change, with a bill to allow naked sunbathers to marry now before the Australian Parliament.
The bill, introduced by Liberal MP Mark Latham, has been referred to the House of Representatives.
Latham’s proposal would create a new offence for couples caught on video to get married, but it’s likely to be blocked by a government committee.
“We want to protect the freedoms of everyone to enjoy the natural beauty of the ocean, the ocean is beautiful, it’s beautiful,” Liberal Party leader David Shoebridge told ABC Radio in Sydney.
“The beauty of a woman’s figure, whether it’s in a bikini or not, she should be able to choose her body style.”
He said he was “delighted” that the bill would allow naked beachgoers to get “married” in Australia, saying he hoped the bill could encourage other couples to enjoy beach life in the country.
“This is not just about the beach,” he said.
“I think we need to encourage all couples to be happy and enjoy the life on the beach, whether you’re a couple or a couple of friends.”
But the bill has faced resistance from the Coalition.
“There’s not enough time to get the bill through the House,” Labor’s Sarah Hanson-Young said on Thursday.
“If the government has a plan to do that, then I’m not going to be against it.”
She added that the legislation would need to be “fixed before parliament rises again”.
“I’m not sure that it would be the easiest thing to fix.”
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