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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.

Anglican church says ‘I do’ to supporting same-sex marriage

Individual Christians – not organised religion – should have the right to decide whether they support same-sex marriage. That’s the view of the Primate of the Anglican Church of Australia, who believes that should a plebiscite (public vote) be in favour of same-sex marriage, the church must accept it as “part of the landscape”. “We …

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WATCH: Gogglebox got real for a moment about marriage equality

Melbourne gay couple Wayne and Tom took a break from making us laugh on Channel Ten’s captivating reality show Gogglebox on Thursday night to share a sombre moment about marriage equality. We were watching the pair, who’ve been together for 15 years, as they were watching gay couple Andy and Craig at the altar on …

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Hannah Gadsby slams same-sex marriage plebiscite in heartfelt post

Out comedian Hannah Gadsby has hit out at the federal government’s planned national plebiscite on same-sex marriage in a very personal Facebook post. “Oh hey guys… this plebiscite thing is a very bad idea. The very idea of an ongoing debate around marriage equality makes my stomach turn. It’s not a pleasant turn either,” Hannah, …

SBS forced to defend its support for marriage equality

Government Senators Matt Canavan and Chris Back have accused the SBS of an “abuse” of its position as a public broadcaster for it’s support of marriage equality during a Senate estimates hearing in Canberra today. The Senators’ concerns stem from SBS’s decision to publicly declare themselves as supporters of marriage equality earlier this year, and …

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Bridal bouquet: gay couple win the toss!

The tossing of the bridal bouquet is a cherished tradition with the catcher viewed as the next single woman likely to wed. In actual fact, the bridal bouquet toss comes from early England, when women would try and rip bits of fabric or flowers from the bride’s dress for good luck. But, with the advent …

Jewish Same-Sex Couples immigrate to Israel

Jewish Same-Sex Couples Able To Immigrate

Israel will now allow non Jewish same-sex spouses to immigrate to Israel with their Jewish partners. While same-sex marriage is not legal in Israel nor the Middle-East The Interior Minister Gideon Saar publicised a directive to the immigration authorities to not differentiate between straight and gay married couples  Jews and non-Jewish relatives who move the …

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