From 9 December 2017 the Marriage Act in Australia now recognizes marriage as the union of two people to the exclusion of all others voluntarily entered into for life. You little ripper!
Same-sex couples who already married overseas had their relationships recognised in Australia from midnight on 9 December 2017. Keep in mind this does mean that you cannot have another legal wedding in Australia as you are actually already married in the eyes of the law.
For same-sex couples looking to get married, your first step is completing a Notice of Intended Marriage with an authorized Celebrant. After the required one calendar month notice period has passed, you are then able to get married.
More information on the changes Marriage Equality brings to Australia, please visit the Attorney General’s Department website here.
Congratulations to the many champions of the Marriage Equality campaign – at times it was very ugly debate and caused a lot of unnecessary hurt and pain for the LGBTIQ community and their families. But we got there in the end and now, as is the case with all Australians, I look forward to celebrating Marriage with you in 2018 and beyond. Love Wins, whoop whoop!