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Same-sex marriage in Australia legalised on the 9th December 2017. The Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Act 2017. Australian Parliament passed this on the  7th December 2017 and received royal assent from the Governor-General the following day. It was the law on the 9th of December. This immediately recognising overseas same-sex marriages. The first same-sex wedding under Australian law was held on 15 December 2017. a voluntary postal survey of all Australians 61.6% of respondents voted yes for the legalisation of same-sex marriage. Other types of recognition for same-sex couples are also available. Under federal law, same-sex couples are recognised as de facto relationships. This provides most of the same rights and responsibilities afforded to married couples. Those rights may be difficult to assert and not always recognised in practice. There is no national civil union or relationships register scheme in Australia. Most states and territories legislated for civil unions or domestic partnership registries. Such unions are recognised as de facto relationships under federal law.

Rebel Wilson recalls first date with Ramona Agruma

Rebel Wilson gives spicy details of first date with Ramona

Rebel Wilson recounts her first date and make-out session with her now-fiance Ramona Agruma in her new memoir Rebel Rising. The Aussie star’s book is out next Tuesday. In it, Rebel she writes about Ramona inviting her for lunch at the Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles back in 2021. “I’m so nervous,” Rebel writes in …

Thailand MPs holding up rainbow flag after same-sex marriage vote

Thailand MPs fly pride flag after passing same-sex marriage

Thailand MPs have waved a big rainbow flag in parliament after they overwhelmingly voted to pass a same-sex marriage bill. Four hundred of 415 politicians voted for the landmark bill in the country’s lower house this week. Thailand is set to become the first Southeast Asian nation to legalise marriages between two people regardless of …

Comedian Mel Buttle has married her partner

Brisbane comedian Mel Buttle marries her partner

Brisbane comedian Mel Buttle has married her girlfriend in a beautiful wedding ceremony in the Gold Coast hinterland. Mel, who’s very private about her relationship with her partner of over five years, shared a series of photos of her wedding day on Instagram on Monday. She and her partner tied the knot at a ceremony …

Gay couple and Greek Island of Rhodes

Aussie couple wants one of Greece’s first gay weddings

An Australian couple are planning on hosting a big gay Greek wedding on the stunning island of Rhodes as Greece’s first same-sex marriages begin. Last month, Greece became the first Christian Orthodox country to legalise same-sex marriage, as well as adoption for gay couples. The marriages are now starting across Greece. Just days after the …

Labor Senator Louise Pratt against a rainbow flag

‘A fighter for equality’: Senator Louise Pratt to retire

Out Labor senator Louise Pratt has announced her retirement plans from federal politics, and reflected on her years of fighting for the LGBTQIA+ community. The West Australian says she will depart the Senate when her term expires in mid-2025. Louise announced her decision alongside Prime Minister Anthony Albanese on Tuesday. She explained the Perth-to-Canberra flights …

Greece passes same-sex marriage and people cheered

Supporters cheer as Greece legalises same-sex marriage

Greece has become the first Christian Orthodox-majority country to legalise same sex marriage in a parliamentary vote. Politicians in the 300-seat Greek parliament voted in a 176-76 majority to pass the reform on Thursday night. Others abstained or skipped the vote. Greece first gave same-sex couples access to civil partnerships in 2015, but the unions …

Mike Felix is one of the gay grooms on Married At First Sight Australia

Married At First Sight will show moment a gay groom quits

Married At First Sight Australia will feature the dramatic moment one of the show’s gay grooms quits the show’s new season at the last minute. Season 11 of MAFS will start on Nine from January 29. The new season will feature gay grooms for the first time in years. Spoiler alert! Married At First Australia …

Estonia Prime Minister Kaja Kallas (front) and Baltic Pride in Lithuania in 2022

Couples celebrate in Estonia as same-sex marriage now legal

Same-sex couples in Estonia have cheered the country’s history-making same-sex marriage laws coming into effect on New Year’s Day. Estonia’s parliament voted to approve the laws in June last year, making it the first Baltic, central European and ex-Soviet country to do so. January 1 was the first day same-sex couples could submit their marriage …

Penny Wong is set to marry her partner Sophie Allouache

Senator Penny Wong is marrying her partner Sophie

Foreign Minister Penny Wong is reportedly set to marry her partner Sophie Allouache after many years together. The Labor Senator, who’s from South Australia, met Sophie almost two decades ago in 2006. The couple are the proud mums of two daughters. has confirmed Penny and Sophie are now planning to marry. Penny’s team wouldn’t …

Bangkok Pride March in 2022

Thailand is getting closer to legalising same-sex marriage

Debate on a same-sex marriage bill approved by Thailand’s government will begin in parliament before the end of the week. The proposed legislation has the support of the Prime Minister and cabinet. The bill would change references to “men”, “women”, “husbands” and “wives” in the marriage law to gender-neutral terms. Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin supports …

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