A couple who got married for the first time this year will now be forced to register as a couple for the purposes of the new law that aims to make it easier for them to have their civil partnership annulled.
Read more: The Australian Marriage Law Amendment (Same-Sex Marriage) Bill 2017 was passed last week by the Senate.
It means that couples who are legally married can legally enter into a civil partnership, while those who have been legally separated can only have their marriage recognised as a civil marriage.
Marriage is a contract between two people who share a common purpose and commitment to each other.
The new law will also apply to same-sex couples.
In a statement, Marriage Equality Australia chief executive Heather Rees said the Bill would “give marriage equality a much-needed boost”.
“We’ve got more than 50 million Australians in our community that have registered their intention to marry, and we’re thrilled that the bill will help them do so,” Ms Rees told ABC Radio Melbourne.
“If you have been married, you can register as an eligible couple for civil partnership purposes, if you’re not legally married.”
You can do it for any reason, as long as it’s the same reason you were married.
“Married couples can enter into civil partnerships without having to go through the civil marriage process.
Ms Rees says she believes the legislation will lead to a “significant increase” in the number of marriages being registered in the state.
She says the bill is about more than simply “protecting marriage” and that it will make a significant difference to thousands of people.”
Ms Reas says the legislation is not a solution to the problems of same- sex marriage, and she believes it will help those people who want to get married. “
[It] will provide people with the option of marrying or not to marriage, but they can also choose to stay together or separate.”
Ms Reas says the legislation is not a solution to the problems of same- sex marriage, and she believes it will help those people who want to get married.
“(It) will help people who are thinking about getting married,” she said.
Topics:marriage,family-and-children,government-and‑politics,marriage,law-crime-and_justice,state-parliament,state—territory-of-australiaFirst posted November 06, 2019 18:29:59Contact Karen McCue More stories from Victoria