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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.

A gay couple whose onstage marriage proposal at Adele’s Melbourne concert went viral earlier this year have urged Australia to vote “yes” in the same-sex marriage postal survey. In a new video from Australian Marriage Equality, Chris and Wade explain they met 10 years ago and own a cafe in an inner Melbourne suburb. Chris …

Marriage equality campaigners have criticised a “divisive” new advertisement trying to cast marriage equality supporters as intolerant by citing abusive social media comments. The new ad displays screenshots of abuse on social media from people it alleges are marriage equality supporters who have called opponents “homophobic maggots”, “bigots” and expressed hope that “someone kicks your …

Married Couples benefits

By Hannah Robert, La Trobe University and Fiona Kelly, La Trobe University Opponents of marriage equality often say that married and de facto couples already have the same rights. To what extent is this true? And, in legal terms, how much do the differences matter? In an opinion piece last week, former prime minister Tony …

Immigration minister Peter Dutton has said the NRL should also allow a same-sex marriage “no” campaign song at the Grand Final this weekend, alongside a planned performance of US rapper Macklemore’s 2012 hit “Same Love”. This week, a petition was started asking the NRL to take a neutral stance on same-sex marriage and calling for …

Australia Marriage Equality

Ellen DeGeneres has thrown her support behind the same-sex marriage “yes” campaign in Australia. The comedian and talk show host posted an image to her social media accounts of her Australian-born wife Portia de Rossi lounging at home with their pet dogs. “I appreciate my wife every day,” she wrote. “I can’t imagine calling her …

marriage equality

Olympic athletes Emily Seebohm and Mitch Larkin recently urged all Queenslanders to vote “yes” for marriage equality as soon as they receive their survey forms. Larkin, Seebohm and Brisbane couple Luke Nixon and Eddie Sahovic addressed an event in Brisbane on Sunday. They launched the nationwide #PostYourYES campaign, to warn supporters against complacency in the …

Thousands have gathered in Brisbane to march in support of same-sex marriage. Flooding the city streets with rainbow flags and “yes” signs. The crowd, which organisers said was the largest ever to gather at a Queensland marriage equality rally. Packed into Queens Park on Sunday afternoon ahead of a march through the CBD. Jess Payne …

same-sex marriage postal survey

The High Court will today begin hearing a legal challenge to the validity of the federal government’s same-sex marriage postal survey. There are two groups of challengers – the first is led by Tasmanian Independent MP Andrew Wilkie, PFLAG’s Shelley Argent and Rainbow Families Victoria’s Felicity Marlowe. The second group is the Human Rights Law …

Grandmother and doctor Kerryn Phelps features in a new TV advertisement that hits back at the ad released this week by same-sex marriage “no” campaigners.

Grandmother and doctor Kerryn Phelps features in a new TV advertisement that hits back at the ad released this week by same-sex marriage “no” campaigners. The “no” ad, created by the Coalition for Marriage and first aired on Tuesday, attempted to conflate marriage equality with sex education in schools and has been widely criticised as …

Alan Joyce Pie

The man who hit Qantas CEO Alan Joyce in the face with a lemon meringue pie has been charged with assault, police say. The man, Tony Overheu, said he apologised to Mr Joyce after the stunt at a business breakfast on Tuesday and explained he was protesting against the CEO’s “corporate bullying” on the issue …

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