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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.

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 …

Queenslanders

Former Olympic swimmer Daniel Kowalski will address a Marriage Equality Forum on the Sunshine Coast this Thursday night. It’s one of six forums The Equality Campaign are holding around Queensland as part of their largest ever national campaign for marriage reform. “Marriage equality isn’t a metropolitan or city thing, it is nationwide and it affects, …

Half of all same-sex marriages registered in New Zealand last year were couples living overseas, according to new data from Statistics New Zealand. Population statistics manager Peter Dolan said this figure was in comparison to 11 percent of overseas opposite-sex couples. “Couples from Australia accounted for 58 percent of overseas same-sex couples coming here to …

Darebin Council

A regional Victorian council has reportedly voted to fly a rainbow flag outside its chambers until marriage equality is achieved. Surf Coast Shire councillors voted 4-3 on Wednesday night to support of a motion to fly the flag from May 17, recognised as the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT), the Geelong Advertiser …

Island Wedding

Allison McWatters and Tracey Strachan thought all their dreams had come true. They went to the North City Wedding and Bridal Expo in Wellington, New Zealand in January and decided to try their luck by entering a prize draw for an all-inclusive wedding package at the popular Edgewater Resort in Rarotonga – and won. Their …

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Same-sex marriage has become officially legal in Slovenia, with the country becoming the first in Central Europe to do so. The law was originally passed ten months ago after a referendum rejected a draft of the bill that would also have granted same-sex couples adoption rights. The MP who introduced the bill, Matej Vatovec, said: …

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A British gay couple got engaged in Disney World’s Magic Kingdom late last month, and they streamed the whole thing live on Facebook. Gregory Gaige was visiting the theme park with partner Craig Moss, when he knelt down to surprise his partner with a ring outside Cinderella’s castle. The couple streamed the proposal on Facebook …

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Ian Thorpe has called on the Australian government to legalise marriage equality before this year’s Mardi Gras begins later this month. He told News Corp he thinks the delay is “frustrating… because I actually think Australia is better than that.” “When we look back at the reforms around civil unions, that was Australia kind of …

A Sikh community leader has told the Australian Senate that marriage equality “will destroy the whole human race”. Bawa Singh Jagdev, the secretary of the National Sikh Council of Australia, also suggested that gay men should refer to their relationships as “homo unions”. “What the proponents of the bill are proposing and supporting is against …

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