80% OF AUSTRALIANS NOW LIVE IN A STATE THAT RECOGNISES OVERSEAS SAME-SEX MARRIAGES


Victoria has joined Queensland, Tasmania, and New South Wales in recognising overseas same-sex marriages with the recent passing of the Relationships Amendment Bill through the Victorian parliament.

Despite Australia still not allowing same-sex marriages domestically, the changes mean that the majority of Australian states now recognise overseas same-sex marriages – a point which activists such as Australian Marriage Equality National Director Rodney Croome says puts pressure on the Federal Government to act.

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“With 80% of Australians now living in states that recognise overseas same-sex marriages it’s time for the federal government to provide recognition across the country,” Mr Croome said.

“The failure of national law to recognise overseas same-sex marriages demeans the solemn vows of lifelong commitment Australian couples have made overseas and insults the countries under whose laws they have married.”