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A Bill for an Act to amend the Marriage Act 1961, and for related purposes
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Registered 15 May 2014
Introduced Senate 15 May 2014
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2013‑2014

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

THE SENATE

 

 

 

 

Presented and read a first time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recognition of Foreign Marriages Bill 2014

 

No.      , 2014

 

(Senator Hanson‑Young)

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act to amend the Marriage Act 1961, and for related purposes

  

  


Contents

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

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

3............ Object.................................................................................................. 2

4............ Schedule(s)......................................................................................... 2

Schedule 1—Same‑sex marriages solemnised in a foreign country         3

Marriage Act 1961                                                                                                      3

 

 


A Bill for an Act to amend the Marriage Act 1961, and for related purposes

The Parliament of Australia enacts:

1  Short title

                   This Act may be cited as the Recognition of Foreign Marriages Act 2014.

2  Commencement

                   This Act commences on the day after this Act receives the Royal Assent.

3  Object

                   The object of this Act is to recognise same‑sex marriages solemnised in a foreign country.

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                   Each Act that is specified in a Schedule to this Act is amended or repealed as set out in the applicable items in the Schedule concerned, and any other item in a Schedule to this Act has effect according to its terms.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

  

Marriage Act 1961

Section 88EA

Repeal the section, substitute:

88EA  Certain unions recognised as marriages

             (1)  Despite the definition of marriage in subsection 5(1), a union between:

                     (a)  a man and another man; or

                     (b)  a woman and another woman;

solemnised in a foreign country under local law as a marriage is recognised as a marriage in Australia.

             (2)  The parties to a union mentioned in subsection (1) have the same rights and obligations under this Act, or under any law of the Commonwealth, as the parties to a marriage between a man and a woman.