This ordeal has ruined my life. The Family First senator supported the bill. The issue caused significant tension within the Abbott Government —15  which resolved in August to hold a national vote on same-sex marriage, sometime after the federal electionin the form of either a plebiscite or constitutional referendum.
The Regulations also provide for a wider definition of "family member", to include a partner with whom the EU citizen has a durable relationship, duly attested, and the dependent parents, children under 21 and other dependent children of that partner.
Brisbane Times. These failed attempts came after the Howard Government amended the law in August to prevent same-sex marriages. The median age for males in same-sex marriages was
Australian Marriage Equality. Sincevarious statutory bodies have issued reports calling for recognition of homosexual and de facto heterosexual relationships. Despite passing a resolution at the party's national conference in December 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
Prior to legalisation, 22 same-sex marriage related bills were introduced to Parliament between September and Maynone of which passed into law. Retrieved 26 May The Tenterfield Star. Retrieved 20 May
Irish Human Rights Commission. Retrieved 3 February Under the changes, parents may choose the labels "mother" and "father" or instead the term "parents", meaning that the non-biological mother would be able to legally register as a co-parent.
In May , the Equality Authority issued its formal report on equality for lesbians, gays and bisexuals,  which highlighted the lack of recognition for same-sex couples in Irish law.