Same-sex marriage in Australia

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Same-sex marriage in Australia has been legal since 9 December 2017.wikipedia
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Same-sex marriage

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Legislation to allow same-sex marriage, the Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Act 2017, passed the Australian Parliament on 7 December 2017 and received royal assent from the Governor-General the following day.
Same-sex marriage is legally performed and recognized (nationwide or in some jurisdictions) in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Uruguay.

Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey

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The passage of the law followed a voluntary postal survey of all Australians, in which 61.6% of respondents supported legalisation of same-sex marriage.
The Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey was a national survey designed to gauge support for legalising same-sex marriage in Australia.

Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Act 2017

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Legislation to allow same-sex marriage, the Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Act 2017, passed the Australian Parliament on 7 December 2017 and received royal assent from the Governor-General the following day. That bill, the Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Act 2017, was introduced into the Parliament by openly gay Liberal Party backbencher, Senator Dean Smith.
The Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Act 2017 is an Act of the Parliament of Australia, which legalises same-sex marriage in Australia by amending the Marriage Act 1961 to allow marriage between two persons of marriageable age, regardless of their gender.

Marriage Act 1961 (Australia)

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The federal Marriage Act 1961 governs laws relating to marriage in Australia.
An amendment to the Act to legalise same-sex marriage passed into law on 8 December 2017.

Abbott Government

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The issue caused significant tension within the Abbott Government (2013–15), which resolved in August 2015 to hold a national vote on same-sex marriage, sometime after the 2016 federal election, in the form of either a plebiscite or constitutional referendum.
Domestically, Abbott campaigned for recognition of Indigenous Australians in the Australian Constitution, flagging a referendum for 2017, and promised a plebiscite on the issue of same-sex marriage.

Marriage in Australia

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The federal Marriage Act 1961 governs laws relating to marriage in Australia.
Since December 2017, Australian law has recognised same-sex marriage in Australia whether entered into in Australia or abroad.

Turnbull Government

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This policy was maintained by the Turnbull Government (2015–18) after Malcolm Turnbull (a supporter of same-sex marriage) replaced Abbott as Prime Minister following a leadership challenge.
On Turnbull's oft-cited key policy differences, climate change, republicanism and same-sex marriage, as well as wider policy generally, he stated his government would continue to follow the same policies of the Abbott government.

Australian Greens

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The bill to establish the plebiscite (which would have been held on 11 February 2017) passed the House of Representatives by 76 votes to 67 on 20 October 2016, though was rejected by the Senate the following month by 33 votes to 29, after the Government failed to attract the support of the opposition Labor Party, minor party the Greens and several Senate crossbenchers.
The Greens are often known for their outspoken advocacy on numerous social issues, such as the legalisation of same-sex marriage, the right to seek asylum and gender equality.

Private member's bill

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Despite passing a resolution at the party's national conference in December 2011 to support same-sex marriage, the party held a conscience vote when two private member's bill's to legalise same-sex marriage were debated in the Parliament in September 2012.
A private member's bill, the Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Act 2017, legalised same-sex marriage throughout Australia on 9 December 2017.

LGBT rights in Queensland

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Civil partnerships, commonly referred to as civil unions, have been legal in Queensland since April 2016.
The 2017 Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey, designed to gauge public support for same-sex marriage in Australia, returned a 60.7% "Yes" response in Queensland.

Dean Smith (Australian politician)

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That bill, the Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Act 2017, was introduced into the Parliament by openly gay Liberal Party backbencher, Senator Dean Smith.
Smith was the first openly-LGBTI member of the Parliament of Australia from the Liberal Party, and has supported same-sex marriage in Australia since the 2014 Sydney hostage crisis.

Rudd Government (2007–2010)

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Following the Australian Human Rights Commission's 2007 report "Same-Sex: Same Entitlements", and an audit of Commonwealth (i.e.: federal) legislation, in 2009 the Rudd Government introduced several reforms designed to equalise treatment for same-sex couples and same-sex families.
In April 2008 the government proposed greater recognition of LGBT rights in Australia by announcing reforms to the recognition of same-sex relationships in taxation, health, employment, superannuation, aged care and other areas.

LGBT rights in the Northern Territory

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In the Northern Territory, in March 2004, the Parliament enacted the Law Reform (Gender, Sexuality and De Facto Relationships) Act 2003 to remove legislative discrimination against same-sex couples in most areas of territory law (except the Adoption of Children Act 1994) and recognise same-sex couples as de facto relationships.
There was no local civil union or domestic partnership registration scheme before the introduction of nationwide same-sex marriage in December 2017, following the passage of the Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Act 2017 by the Australian Parliament.

Malcolm Turnbull

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This policy was maintained by the Turnbull Government (2015–18) after Malcolm Turnbull (a supporter of same-sex marriage) replaced Abbott as Prime Minister following a leadership challenge.
In July 2012, Turnbull was criticised by some Liberal MPs for saying that civil unions should be introduced as a first step towards establishing same-sex marriage in Australia.

Tony Abbott

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The legislation was opposed by Prime Minister Gillard and several other Labor MPs, as well as by the opposition Coalition, led by Tony Abbott.
On 11 August 2015, after renewed debate about same-sex marriage in Australia, Abbott called a Coalition Party room vote and Coalition MPs voted against allowing a free vote on the issue 66 to 33.

Bob Brown

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Democrat Senator Andrew Bartlett stated that the legislation devalues his marriage, and Greens Senator Bob Brown referred to John Howard and the legislation as "hateful".
Brown opposed the Howard Government's amendments to the Marriage Act in 2004, stating that "Mr Howard should relax and accept gay marriages as part of the future's social fabric".

Marriage Equality (Same Sex) Act 2013

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The High Court ruled on the matter in December 2013, five days after the first same-sex weddings were celebrated in the ACT, striking down the ACT's same-sex marriage law.

LGBT rights in Tasmania

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Tasmania was the last jurisdiction to reform its laws.

LGBT rights in Australia

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Australia legalised same-sex marriage on 9 December 2017.

Same-sex marriage in the United Kingdom

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Dual British-Australian couples were able to marry in British embassies and consulates in Australia after the United Kingdom legalised same-sex marriage in 2014.
Consular marriages for same-sex couples were particularly popular in Australia prior to the legalisation of same-sex marriage in 2017.

LGBT rights in Victoria

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Victoria has recognised domestic partnerships since December 2008.
The requirement was set to lapse in December 2018 following the federal legalisation of same-sex marriage in 2017, however the Victorian Parliament amended state law to this effect in May 2018.

LGBT rights in the Australian Capital Territory

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Previously, same-sex couples could enter into civil unions in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT).

LGBT rights in New South Wales

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New South Wales, Australia's most populous state, has recognised domestic partnerships since July 2010.

LGBT rights in South Australia

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In South Australia, the Statutes Amendment (Domestic Partners) Act 2006 (Number 43), which took effect 1 June 2007, amended 97 acts, dispensing with the term "de facto" and categorising couples as "domestic partners".