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Re: Marriage Equality: Toward victory in U.S.--On to the rest of the world?
« Reply #466 on: December 07, 2017, 03:30:04 PM »
Just read in the Australian news, couples who married overseas will have their marriages recognized after midnight. It's already Friday there.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-12-08/same-sex-marriage-legal-after-gg-approval/9239334

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Re: Marriage Equality: Toward victory in U.S.--On to the rest of the world?
« Reply #468 on: December 07, 2017, 08:54:03 PM »
Just read in the Australian news, couples who married overseas will have their marriages recognized after midnight. It's already Friday there.
That was part of the change to the 1961 Marriage Act, Fritz.  :)

I see that the Governor-General has today given Royal Assent to the new marriage act, too. Hooray!  ;D
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Re: Marriage Equality: Toward victory in U.S.--On to the rest of the world?
« Reply #469 on: December 07, 2017, 09:08:11 PM »
Australia has officially become the 26th country to legalise same-sex marriage after the law was passed on Thursday with the overwhelming backing of both Houses of the Federal Parliament.

Senator Dean Smith’s Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedom) Bill went through unchanged, after 55 hours of speeches, 57 by Senators and 118 by MPs in the House of Representatives, despite a push from conservative politicians for additional exemptions, including for religious organisations, civil celebrants, and Defence chaplains.

Only four MPs in the House of Representatives voted against the bill (seen below on the left side of the House), just more than a week after it was agreed to by the Senate.


Under the new law, ministers of religion and religious marriage celebrants will be able to act in accordance with their religious beliefs about marriage. Religious bodies will also be able to act in accordance with their doctrines, tenets, and beliefs in providing facilities, goods, and services in connection with marriage.

However, amendments to permit civil celebrants opposed to same-sex unions to decline to solemnise same-sex marriages, or to refuse service at weddings, were all defeated.


When will the first weddings happen?

The bill requires Royal Assent from Governor-General Peter Cosgrove to ratify the change to the Marriage Act 1961 and making same-sex marriage legal. He did so today, and same-sex couples are now able to register to marry.

Like heterosexual couples, they must wait 30 days after registration before a ceremony can take place. The first legal same-sex weddings in Australia could happen about January 9, 2018.

Same-sex couples who wed overseas, or have already done so, will now automatically have their marriages recognised for the first time in Australia.  :)

The Attorney-General’s department is making necessary arrangements to implement this significant social change recognising the outcome of the postal survey and the legislation. This includes updating marriage forms and certificates and information to assist marrying couples and authorised celebrants. The forms and other information will be available online following the proclamation of the bill.
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Re: Marriage Equality: Toward victory in U.S.--On to the rest of the world?
« Reply #470 on: December 07, 2017, 09:29:41 PM »
Paul, I've heard that exceptions can be made so that couples can get married before January in the case of emergency or poor health or things like that, do you know if these exceptions are taken care of in this legal process?

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Re: Marriage Equality: Toward victory in U.S.--On to the rest of the world?
« Reply #471 on: December 07, 2017, 10:01:30 PM »
Paul, I've heard that exceptions can be made so that couples can get married before January in the case of emergency or poor health or things like that, do you know if these exceptions are taken care of in this legal process?

Yes, the existing Marriage Regulations in rare cases allow for people to apply to a prescribed authority to marry before the 30 days after signing the Notice of Marriage Intention. The grounds include medical , legal proceedings etc, employment commitments and conditions and visa and  travel arrangements that can't be changed without penalty.

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Re: Marriage Equality: Toward victory in U.S.--On to the rest of the world?
« Reply #472 on: December 08, 2017, 03:23:55 AM »
Malcolm Turnbull and George Brandis (left & center), The Governor-General, Sir Peter Cosgrove (right).
Picture: Kym Smith.

Sir Peter Cosgrove gave the new marriage equality laws Royal Assent this morning when he was visited by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Attorney-General George Brandis in Canberra.
 
The updated Notice of Intended Marriage is now available online and same-sex couples will be able to lodge formal intentions to wed from tomorrow, Saturday 9 November, allowing them to marry from January 9, 2018.
 
The form includes new categories Partner 1 and Partner 2 (replacing Bridegroom and Bride), a “Description of Party” section offering three options: groom, bride and partner, and now three categories for gender, male, female”and “x” (which is described as “indeterminate, intersex or unspecified”).

“It is now part of Australian law,” an elated Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said after he and Attorney-General George Brandis visited the Governor-General. “It tells all same-sex couples we love and respect you, now go out there and get married,” he said.

The Prime Minister described the legalisation of same-sex marriage as “one of the most remarkable moments in our history,” and told Channel Seven’s Sunrise program this morning that he was the first Australian prime minister to commit to ensuring gay couples could marry.

One of those quick to make the most of the law change is Australia’s ambassador to France, Brendan Berne, who posted a video on the embassy’s Facebook page of his proposal to his partner, Thomas Marti.

“As ambassador to France, this is a great day for my country Australia which has passed marriage for all. But also for me personally. Now, as Australia has just approved marriage equality, it is my turn to confirm my relationship with my partner of 11 years, Thomas,” he said in heavily-accented French on a balcony at the Australian Embassy in Paris, with the Eiffel Tower in the background.

After moving into Marti’s office, he says “I’d like to ask you a question. Would you please marry me?” In response Thomas gets up from his swivel chair for a long embrace with his new fiance.
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Re: Marriage Equality: Toward victory in U.S.--On to the rest of the world?
« Reply #473 on: December 08, 2017, 08:33:40 AM »
Aw, sweet!

Geaux Australia and Austria!

(When I lived in Austria back in the 60's, my mother sent me a subscription to the Sunday edition of the New Orleans local paper. It went by ship of course, and usually took well over a week to reach me, but occasionally it took months to get some of the papers. I could see by the cancellations that the paper came to Austria via Australia! Obviously someone in the post office misread the address!)

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Re: Marriage Equality: Toward victory in U.S.--On to the rest of the world?
« Reply #474 on: December 08, 2017, 06:58:07 PM »
^^^
I couldn't help chuckling about that, Fritz.  :laugh:
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Re: Marriage Equality: Toward victory in U.S.--On to the rest of the world?
« Reply #475 on: December 08, 2017, 07:00:32 PM »
They both start and end with a, close enough!  ;D

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