Same-sex marriage (SSM) a.k.a. gay marriage, and civil unions
In Australia, with a brief mention
of surrounding islands in Oceania
Throughout this web site, "SSM" refers to same-sex marriage, and "LGBT"
refers to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and transsexual community.
2013-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.
Current 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 jurisdictions who marry legally outside the country -- as in New Zealand, Hawaii, other U.S. states, Canada, etc. -- then return to Australia and have their marriages recognized. Civil unions also an option in some states.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics conducted a mail ballot among all registered voters. They asked the question: "Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?" Results were announced on 2017-NOV-15: 7,817,247 "Yes" and 4,873,987 "No."
A bill was introduced in the federal Parliament to legalize same-sex marriage, and is now being actively debated. There is a possibility that the bill might become law in early December, which would result in the first same-sec marriages taking place in early 2018-JAN. That would leave Northern Ireland as the only large predominately English speaking country in the world that will has not yet legalized gay marriages.
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Originally written: 2009-MAY
Latest update: 2017-DEC-07
Written by: B.A. Robinson