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Same-sex marriage (SSM) a.k.a. gay marriage, and civil unions


In Australia, with a brief mention
of surrounding islands in Oceania

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Throughout this web site, "SSM" refers to same-sex marriage, and "LGBT"
refers to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and transsexual community.

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oceania2013-DEC: Current status of same-sex relationships in Australia, New Zealand, and the rest of Oceania:

Countries in the Pacific Ocean include:

  • Some relatively large land masses -- like Australia, the Hawaii Islands (U.S.), New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, The Philippines, and Solomon Islands,

  • Many small islands and collections of tiny islands such as American Samoa, the Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, the Marshall Islands, New Caledonia, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, etc.

Like other areas of the world, the laws in Oceania regarding same-gender sexual activity and same-sex marriage differ greatly among political jurisdictions. They range from full recognition of gay marriages in New Zealand, to arrest possibly leading to jail time with corporal punishment elsewhere.

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wedding ringsCurrent status of marriage equality in Australia:

As of 2017-MAR, gay marriages -- a.k.a. same-sex marriages -- are not permitted anywhere in Australia. However same-sex couples in some of Australia's jurisdications who marry legally outside the country -- as in New Zealand, Hawaii, other U.S. states, Canada, etc. -- can return to Australia and have their marriages recognized. Civil unions also an option in some states.

Australia, Ireland, and Northern Ireland remain the only large predominately English speaking countries that have not yet legalized gay marriages. Major efforts in these countries are underway to attain equality. Strong majorities of the population in both countries support equality.

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Originally written: 2009-MAY
Latest update: 2017-MAR-18
Written by: B.A. Robinson

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