Australia Signals same-sex marriage bill into law, weddings to be Authorized from Saturday

Canberra: Australia’s  prime minister rushed gay marriage into law on Friday by obtaining a last touch on a statement hours later it had been overpowering endorsed by Parliament and the nation began planning weddings that can take place in a month.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull traveled into Government House where Governor-General Peter Cosgrove signed the bill into legislation on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II, Australia’s constitutional head of state.

Cosgrove’s signature makes homosexual marriage legal in Australia from Saturday, when same-sex partners who married overseas will probably be recognised as married under Australian legislation. Couples who intend to marry must give a calendar-month notice, making homosexual weddings authorized 9 January, Turnbull said.

Neville Wills, 98, intends to marry his partner of 39 decades, Ian Fenwicke, 74, next month.

Members of parliament celebrate the passing of the Marriage Amendment Bill in the House of Representatives at Parliament House in Canberra. AP

Members of parliament celebrate the death of the Marriage Amendment Bill in the House of Representatives in Parliament House in Canberra. AP

Some sensible reasons to marry become pressing age. Relatives have contested wills that abandoned property to same-sex partners, and gays and lesbians want rights to get and health care consultation when a spouse is hospitalised.

“The main reason is to have a legal relationship that’s not in any way contested — and, naturally, we love each other,” Wills said. “We will find the legal relationship straightened out in January. Call it a wedding if you like, I am not romantic,” he added.

The Attorney-General’s Department on Friday published on line a new form for couples to declare their intention to marry with tick-box options of female, male and “x.”

The shape defines “x” as “indeterminate, intersex or unspecified.”

While the former record referred to your “bride” and “bridegroom,” the newest form provides the choice of “spouse”

Turnbull described Parliament voting late Thursday for homosexual marriage, with only four lawmakers enrolling their resistance, as a historical moment.

“Containing my feelings into a proper, prime ministerial level of calm would be rather challenging. I am completely pumped. I believe that is really wonderful,” he explained after Parliament passed the bill and also the public gallery erupted with a standing ovation.

Celebrations lasted late at night in Oxford Street, the middle of Sydney’s gay nightlife which is in Turnbull’s electorate.

Turnbull has been a long-term urge for marriage equality and is now the very first prime minister to attend Sydney’s famous yearly Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, which is also in his own electorate.

Hours later Parliament’s action, a Sydney municipal ministry provided free venues to host same-sex marriages.

The Inner West Council is accepting reservations for same-sex marriages in its halls, community centres and parks at no charge over a 100-day interval from 7 January.

“It is an historical day in the battle for civil rights in Australia,” Mayor Darcy Byrne explained.

It follows the downtown Sydney municipality’s decision in October to offer completely free venues for same-sex weddings if they become lawful.

The Australian Capital Territory government, which administers Canberra, the national capital, introduced its very own same-sex union legislation in 2013 that has been cheered by the High Court within a week.

ACT Attorney General Gordon Ramsay explained his administration would subtract that the 55 Australian dollar ($41) price of wedding certificate for any of the 31 same-sex partners whose short-lived marriages were ruled invalid and wish to marry again.

“it is a method of being able to admit the difficulties that some of those couples have been through,” Ramsay told Australian Broadcasting Corp..

Anne-Marie Delahunt, who married her partner Meg Clark in Canberra in 2013, said she would take up the government’s offer when they marry back in February.

“I think that it was a touching measure from the ACT Government to state our second marriage certificate would be free,” Delahunt told ABC.

Gay marriage was endorsed by 62% of voters who responded to a national postal ballot by November.

Most homosexual rights advocates thought the government should have enabled marriages years back and watched various ideas to get a public survey as a delaying tactic. The UN Human Rights Committee had called the ballot survey “an unnecessary and divisive public opinion poll.”

Released Date: Dec 08, 2017 10:30’m | Updated Date: Dec 08, 2017 10:30 am