Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Bill 2017

Type
Private
Sponsor(s)
SMITH, Sen Dean
Originating house
Senate
Status
Assent
Parliament no
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Summary

Amends the: Marriage Act 1961 to: redefine marriage as ‘a union of two people’; introduce non-gendered language so that the requirements of the Act apply equally to all marriages; enable same-sex marriages that have been, or will be, solemnised under the law of a foreign country to be recognised in Australia; amend the definition of ‘authorised celebrant’ to include new categories of religious marriage celebrants and certain Australian Defence Force officers; enable ministers of religion, religious marriage celebrants, chaplains and bodies established for religious purposes to refuse to solemnise or provide facilities, goods and services for marriages on religious grounds; and make amendments contingent on the commencement of the proposed Civil Law and Justice Legislation Amendment Act 2017; and Sex Discrimination Act 1984 to provide that a refusal by a minister of religion, religious marriage celebrant or chaplain to solemnise marriage in prescribed circumstances does not constitute unlawful discrimination.

Progress

Senate
Introduced and read a first time 15 Nov 2017
Second reading moved 15 Nov 2017
Second reading debate 16 Nov 2017
Second reading debate 27 Nov 2017
Second reading debate 28 Nov 2017
Second reading agreed to 28 Nov 2017
Committee of the Whole debate
  • Amendment details: 8 amendments moved by Senator Brandis agreed to
28 Nov 2017
Committee of the Whole debate 29 Nov 2017
Third reading debated 29 Nov 2017
Third reading agreed to 29 Nov 2017
House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 04 Dec 2017
Second reading moved 04 Dec 2017
Second reading debate 04 Dec 2017
Second reading debate 05 Dec 2017
Second reading debate 06 Dec 2017
Second reading debate 07 Dec 2017
Second reading agreed to 07 Dec 2017
Consideration in detail debate 07 Dec 2017
Third reading debated 07 Dec 2017
Third reading agreed to 07 Dec 2017
Finally passed both Houses 07 Dec 2017
Assent
  • Act no: 129
  • Year: 2017
08 Dec 2017

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Explanatory memoranda

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  • Supplementary explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and explains amendments proposed by the government to the bill.
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Proposed amendments

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