The census recognised the relationship of 47, same-sex couples, up from 33, relationships in States would have to refer their residual powers to the Commonwealth to allow a national registered partnership, civil union or same-sex relationship scheme.
Senator Dean Smith introduced into Parliament a private senator's bill to alter the definition of marriage to allow same-sex couples to marry, after See also: Same-sex marriage in the Australian Capital Territory. Retrieved 24 August As a result of the law, the definition of marriage in Australia is as follows: .
Retrieved 26 August The Surrogacy Act NSW commenced in and distinguishes between commercial and altruistic surrogacy arrangements. No recognition.
This bill is a result of 30 bigoted backbenchers who want to press buttons out there in the community. Dane Coulter and Sean Duffy have found an egg donor, a surrogate and in a few months hope to be expectant parents. In detail consideration of the amendment will be heard at a later time.
Common-law marriage Israel 6. Guardian Australia. Constitution limits marriage to opposite-sex couples Palau. Archived from the original on 24 May Suite 1. Premier Keneally spoke at length about Catholic teaching on the issue of homosexuality to explain why she saw no conflict between her faith and her support for the amendment, saying the only point on which she strayed from maintream Catholic doctrine was her belief that sex within a relationship which was not for procreation was not immoral, noting the Church did not bar infertile heterosexuals from having sex within marriage.