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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.

Tom Snow married his husband Doug Pengilly on Sydney Harbour

Marriage equality campaigner Tom Snow ties the knot

Marriage equality campaigner and outgoing Equality Australia chair Tom Snow has married his partner Doug Pengilly in a ceremony on Sydney Harbour. Tom (above, centre) and his partner Doug tied the knot in front of their family and friends on a boat on Wednesday. Tom Snow joined Australia’s campaign to legalise same-sex marriage in 2015. …

The beauty of love, as two men embrace in a heartfelt kiss at a same-sex wedding.

QNews Magazine QLD Issue #541 | November 2023

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Kavita Arora and Ankita Khanna, lesbian Indian couple fighting for same-sex marriage

India’s top court refuses to legalise same-sex marriage

India’s top court has ruled against allowing same-sex marriage but in favour of other legal rights, in a highly-anticipated ruling in the world’s most populous country. Twenty-one Indian same-sex couples and LGBTQIA+ activists took their case to the Supreme Court earlier this year. They argued being excluded from India’s “marriage-based culture” violated their constitutional rights …

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Hong Kong: Court orders legal framework for same-sex couples

Hong Kong’s top court has ordered a new framework to legally recognise the rights of same-sex couples. Hong Kong does not allow or grant same-sex marriage or unions, despite homosexuality being decriminalized since 1991. However, the Court of Final Appeal found that the government’s failure to actively provide alternative options – like civil unions – …

Matildas star Emily Gielnik marries partner Temica

Matildas’ Emily Gielnik marries her partner Temica Sayer

Matildas striker Emily Gielnik has married her longtime partner Temica Sayer in front of teammates past and present at an intimate wedding. Emily has represented the Matildas more than 57 times. She sadly missed out on making the final squad for the FIFA Women’s World Cup due to injury. On Wednesday, Emily tied the knot …

Nepal Pride Parade just days after same-sex marriage ruling

Couples in Nepal celebrate ruling allowing same-sex marriage

Nepal will soon see the first legal same-sex marriages registered after an interim ruling from the country’s top court. The Nepal Supreme Court issued the interim order last week. Earlier, a group of nine activists sued over the South Asian country’s marriage laws that limit marriage to between a man and a woman. The interim …

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

Estonia just legalised same-sex marriage in a historic first

Estonia’s parliament has voted to legalise same-sex marriage, making it the first Baltic, central European and ex-Soviet country to do so. The country’s marriage equality bill was approved by 55 votes to 34 on June 20. Prime Minister Kaja Kallas (pictured above) said the reform “does not take anything away from anyone but gives something …

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Porn star Jenna Jameson marries influencer Jessi Lawless

Jenna Jameson, known as the Queen of Porn and reputedly the most famous adult entertainer in the world, has married social media influencer Jessi Lawless. Jenna Jameson told PEOPLE that she and Jessi Lawless married in an intimate Las Vegas ceremony at Little Church of the West on May 23. The adult superstar said her …

Thailand's frontrunner Prime Minister Pita Limjaroenrat

Thailand’s likely PM pledges same-sex marriage at Bangkok Pride

Thailand’s frontrunner for Prime Minister Pita Limjaroenrat has promised to pass same-sex marriage legislation soon after he forms government. Pita (pictured) is the leader of Thailand’s Move Forward Party, which won the most seats in the country’s May 14 election. Before the election, his party formed a coalition with eight others. That coalition went to …

Japan same-sex marriage advocates outside court

Cheers as court in Japan rules against ban on same-sex marriage

A court in Japan has ruled that the country’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, putting pressure on the government to act. In 2019, a gay male couple filed the lawsuit after they tried to register their same-sex marriage and were rejected. The Nagoya District Court this week ruled in their favour, putting pressure on …

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