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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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Australian newlyweds who showed off their amazing choreo to Jennifer Lopez’s Let’s Get Loud at their wedding reception have received a shout-out from the singer herself. Musical theatre performer Daniel Assetta and his husband Tobias Madden tied the knot in May 2019. Three years later, the gay couple have gone viral with their video of …

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Australia’s Anglican bishops have blocked an attempt to affirm the church’s definition of marriage as between a man and a woman in a shock vote. The church’s General Synod, the national assembly of Anglican clergy, was on earlier this week. At the Synod, the conservative Sydney diocese brought on a vote on a statement to …

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A number of Anglican school principals have slammed the Sydney Anglican diocese for requiring principals and school board directors to sign a document affirming their belief that marriage is between a man and a woman. The Anglican Diocese runs dozens of schools in Sydney. The church has inserted the new clause against same-sex marriage into …

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RuPaul’s Drag Race star Ross Mathews has tied the knot with fiancé Dr Wellinthon García in a beachside ceremony over the weekend. The Drag Race judge got engaged to García last February and married in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, on Saturday. Mathews told People the location is special to them but the couple weren’t sure how …

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Actress Sophia Forrest, the daughter of billionaire Andrew Forrest, has announced her engagement to her girlfriend, actress Zara Zoe. The 27-year-old Barons star took to Instagram at the weekend to make the announcement with a sweet video of the engagement. The two women are seen hugging in a river before Zara later puts her hand …

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Period lesbian drama Gentleman Jack has finally returned for an “uncompromisingly gay” second season, after a three-year break. Front and centre in the BBC and HBO production is real life lesbian Anne Lister, who in the 19th century was a landowner and social rebel. The real Anne Lister was a prolific diary writer who meticulously …

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Two crew members from a polar research ship are the first same-sex couple to marry in the British Antarctic Territory. Stewards Eric Bourne and Stephen Carpenter (pictured above), have been together for 20 years. They both work on research ship RRS Sir David Attenborough. And their ship’s captain Will Whatley married the pair at the …

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Kim Davis, the former clerk in Kentucky who refused to sign marriage licenses for gay couples in 2015 after the legalisation of same-sex marriage, violated those couples’ constitutional rights, a federal judge found. She said doing so was against her religious views in the Kentucky County Clerk’s office made international headlines at the time. She …

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A gay man who says he was forced to give up his role at a regional Anglican Church has taken legal action after the Dean allegedly told him and his husband they had to “end their marriage” and “live as friends”. Peter Sanders was formerly the musical director and organist at St Mary’s Anglican Church …

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Two gay dads in Chile are the first same-sex couple to get married in their country, as the country’s new laws officially begin. In December, the country’s parliament passed same-sex marriage legislation in a landslide vote and outgoing conservative President Sebastian Pinera signed it into law. Javier Silva and partner Jaime Nazar were the first …

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