Same-sex marriage is now legal in Australia. Same-sex marriage in Australia has been legal since 9 December 2017. It was official on January 9, 2018, because of Australia’s one-month notice policy before marriage.The legislation to allow same-sex marriage, the Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Act 2017, passed the Australian Parliament on 7th December 2017 and received royal assent from the Governor-General the following day after years of political jockeying and fierce public debate. The law came into effect on 9 December, immediately recognising overseas same-sex marriages and allowing weddings in Australia to take place from 16 December 2017.
Other types of recognition for same-sex couples are also available. Under federal law, same-sex couples can also be recognised as de facto relationships, which provide most of the same rights and responsibilities afforded to married couples, although those rights may be difficult to assert and are not always recognised in practice. De Facto [Relationship] is comparable to non-marital relationship contracts (sometimes called “Palimony Agreements”) and certain limited forms of domestic partnership, which are found in many jurisdictions throughout the world.
The move follows a two-month national postal survey that showed 61% of more than 12 million respondents were in favor of marriage equality.
The country is now the 24th in the world to allow same-sex couples to marry, according to Pew Research.
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