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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.

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Gold Coast Pride Festival organisers are looking for same-sex couples who want to take the plunge – literally – for a one-of-a-kind skydiving marriage proposal. The brand new Gold Coast Pride Festival is running from May 23 to 30 with a lineup of events planned across the region. Earlier this year, local drag queen Carmen …

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Hannah Gadsby has announced she married in January and has introduced the world to her new wife, Jenney Shamash. On Thursday, the comedian posted an extremely cute photo to her social media accounts of the two of them eating ice cream at a café. “I’d like to introduce all y’all to Jenney,” Hannah wrote. “She’s …

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ABC journalist Patricia Karvelas has described covering the 2017 same-sex marriage debate as a difficult period in her long career in journalism. The Afternoon Briefing and RN Drive host reflected on her two decades covering federal politics in a wide-ranging profile for the ABC. Karvelas, who is in a long-term same-sex relationship, explained she found …

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Switzerland’s government has confirmed the public will vote on same-sex marriage after opponents gathered enough support to force a binding referendum. Last December, the Swiss parliament approved a bill allowing same-sex couples to marry. They also passed legislation allowing transgender people to update their legal gender without a costly court application. However in Switzerland, if …

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Twenty years ago this week, the world’s first same-sex marriage legislation officially came into effect in the Netherlands. The country’s House of Representatives passed the same-sex marriage bill 109 votes to 33 on September 12, 2000. The Senate followed suit a few months later. The landmark marriage laws granted same-sex couples the same legal rights …

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A Japanese court has ruled the country’s same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional. The Sapporo court ruled that the ban denies same-sex couples the equality guaranteed under the Japanese constitution. LGBTIQ+ activists across Japan declared the court’s decision both a symbolic victory and a step forward. Same-sex couples across Japan are seeking damages in various district courts …

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Elton John has called out Pope Francis and the Vatican for its “hypocrisy” over rejecting blessings for same-sex marriages in the Catholic church. This week, the Vatican’s top orthodoxy office formally responded to a question on whether Catholic priests can bless same-sex unions. The official response, approved by Pope Francis, declares priests can’t bless same-sex …

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A gay couple have gotten engaged in a surprise sky-high marriage proposal onboard Virgin Australia’s maiden Pride Flight from Brisbane to Sydney ahead of Mardi Gras. The one-off flight on Friday welcomed over 120 passengers who enjoyed mid-air drag performances, beverages, music as well as “all of the trimmings you’d expect” from a pride celebration. …

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Brisbane’s fifth Same Same Weddings Expo will be held on Sunday 28th March 2021 at Brisbane Powerhouse from 10am to 2pm. This FREE Expo will take over several levels of Brisbane Powerhouse and showcase the best of South-East Queensland’s wedding industry. Couples can chat with more than 50 vendors about their wedding plans in a …

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Actor Hugh Sheridan has proposed to his boyfriend Kurt Roberts on stage at the debut of his new Adelaide Fringe Festival show. After the opening night of his one-man show Hughman at the festival, the 35-year-old actor popped the question to 29-year-old Kurt, a Sydney banker. And he said yes! Friends of the couple shared …

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