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A Bill for an Act to amend the Marriage Act 1961 to provide for same-sex marriages, and for related purposes
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Registered 16 Jun 2006
Introduced Senate 15 Jun 2006
Table of contents.

 

 

2004-2005-2006

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

THE SENATE

 

 

 

 

Presented and read a first time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Same-Sex Marriages Bill 2006

 

No.      , 2006

 

(Senators Stott Despoja and Bartlett)

 

 

A Bill for an Act to amend the Marriage Act 1961 to provide for same-sex marriages, and for related purposes

  

  


Contents

1............ Short title............................................................................................ 1

2............ Commencement.................................................................................. 1

3............ Schedule(s).......................................................................................... 2

Schedule 1—Same-sex marriages                                                                                 3

Marriage Act 1961                                                                                                      3


A Bill for an Act to amend the Marriage Act 1961 to provide for same-sex marriages, and for related purposes

The Parliament of Australia enacts:

1  Short title

                   This Act may be cited as the Same-Sex Marriages Act 2006.

2  Commencement

                   This Act commences on the day on which it receives the Royal Assent.

3  Schedule(s)

                   Each Act that is specified in a Schedule to this Act is amended or repealed as set out in the applicable items in the Schedule concerned, and any other item in a Schedule to this Act has effect according to its terms.
 

Schedule 1Same-sex marriages

Marriage Act 1961

1  After section 2

Insert:

2A  Same-sex marriages

To avoid doubt, nothing in this Act is intended to prevent the marriage of two people of the same sex under this Act.

2  Subsection 5(1) (definition of marriage)

Repeal the definition.

3  Subsection 45(2)

Omit “wife (or husband)”, substitute “spouse”.

4  Subsection 46(1)

Omit “a man and a woman”, substitute “two people”.

5  Subsection 72(2)

Omit “wife (or husband)”, substitute “spouse”.

6  Subsection 88B(4)

Repeal the subsection.

7  Section 88EA

Repeal the section.

8  Part III of the Schedule (table item 1)

Omit “a husband and wife”, substitute “two people”.