Retrieved 4 October It has come to today and it has been a privilege to be able to do this. States and territories have long had the ability to create laws with respect to relationships, though Section 51 xxi of the Constitution of Australia prescribes that marriage is a legislative power of the Federal Parliament.
Most couples were required to wait a month unless they had sought a special exemption, meaning 9 January was the first day most couples could marry. The Parliament passed the Relationships Act on 10 April and came into effect on 1 December Abbott backs calls for ban of pro same-sex song at NRL grand final Tony Abbott is backing calls to ban American rapper Macklemore from performing one of his most well-known songs at the NRL grand final.
Parliament has voted to legalise same-sex marriage in Australia, but gay couples won't be able to walk down the aisle for another few weeks.
Print content Print with images and other media. The bill would have enabled couples who are not able to marry under the Commonwealth Marriage Act to enter into marriage in the ACT. Please leave us. Despite having support of the major parties the bill was contested by sections of the community, human rights groups and some minor political parties.
Australian Capital Territory. Photographer Simon Veit-Wilson had the privilege of taking their special photos. Marriage and "matrimonial causes" are supported by sections 51 xxi and xxii of the Constitution. Coronavirus in North East LIVE: Gateshead added to Government's watch list after spike in cases Coronavirus The latest development came after a huge rise in Covid cases across the region with South Tyneside already on the watch list.
The Act removed distinctions based on a person's gendersexuality or de facto relationship in approximately 50 acts and regulations. Sincethe ACT has recognised civil partnerships which provide same-sex couples with increased rights regarding superannuation, taxation and social security.
Newly married Mr and Mrs Bone after their wedding. View all. Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice. On 30 Novemberthe Queensland Parliament passed a bill allowing civil partnerships in the state. The people who are on the receiving end of this discriminatory legislation will find it hateful.
Status of same-sex unions around the world. Please subscribe or login to access full text content. South Australia. Bush initially. City of Yarra. The bill subsequently received royal assent , becoming the Marriage Amendment Act