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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.

sydney gay and lesbian mardi gras same-sex marriage mural

New South Wales couple Paul and Andrew Hilton had even more reason to celebrate at Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras at the weekend. The pair have had their long-awaited wedding commemorated in a giant street mural in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, painted by famous Sydney street artist Scott Marsh. The couple, who are from Newcastle, …

Taipei Pride Festival in Taiwan same-sex marriage

The Taiwanese government has unveiled a draft of its same-sex marriage legislation, in a historic first for Asia. Newly-appointed premier Su Tseng-chang said in a statement on Facebook that the Taiwan cabinet’s proposed law would allow same-sex couples to get legally married. According to Su, the country’s definition of marriage in civil law will remain …

Japanese Same-Sex Couples

Thirteen Japanese same-sex couples have marked Valentine’s Day with the filing historic lawsuits challenging the country’s ban on marriage equality. The lawsuits, filed in Tokyo and other courts around the country by five lesbian and eight gay couples, argue that the law violates same-sex couples’ constitutional right to equality. Japan’s constitution states “marriage shall be …

Former prime minister Tony Abbott

Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott has been criticised for trying to claim credit for the legalisation of same-sex marriage, despite campaigning against it for years. “When all is said and done, I helped to make the thing happen,” the former prime minister said in a new interview with the Sydney Morning Herald. “I set up …

Michael Kirby

Former High Court judge Michael Kirby and his longtime partner Johan van Vloten have tied the knot on the 50th anniversary of their first meeting. Kirby, who served as a High Court judge from 1996 to 2009, wed van Vloten at a private ceremony at their Sydney home on Monday, with Kirby’s brother Donald and …

Australian Marriage Law lgbtiq rights in australia

New research has found the same-sex marriage postal survey led to increased depression, anxiety and stress among LGBTIQ Australians, leading advocates to call for political parties to rule out holding public votes on LGBTIQ rights. The University of Sydney study, published in the Australian Psychological Society’s journal Australian Psychologist, assessed the mental health of 1305 …

Bob Katter

Queensland MP Bob Katter has dismissed homosexuality as “a fashion trend” and said it has become “popular” to be gay following the legalisation of same-sex marriage. Data released by the state government showed that in 12 months there has been less than five same-sex marriages in the Maranoa region in south-west Queensland, one of three …

Brisbane Festival Qweens on King

More than 1300 same-sex couples have wed in Queensland since same-sex marriage ceremonies could legally be held just over one year ago on January 9, 2018. According to data released by the state government to the 12 month milestone, a total of 1330 same-sex marriages have been registered across Queensland one year on. “Marriage celebrants …

Same-sex couples Japan

A group of same-sex couples are planning to sue the Japanese government for rejecting their marriage applications, in a first for the country. Lesbian couple Ai Nakajima and Kristina Baumann (pictured) are one of ten same-sex couples who are expected to file a joint lawsuit next month against the central government to challenge its current …

Nationals MP Andrew Broad

Nationals MP Andrew Broad has resigned from the government frontbench after a magazine alleged he met a woman through a dating website for “sugar daddy” arrangements and met with her while on an official government trip overseas. The allegations were published in New Idea magazine, who quoted a woman who claimed to have exchanged text …

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