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    12 Dec 2013 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    HANSON-YOUNG, Sen Sarah 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Marriage Act 1961
    to: define marriage as a union of two people; clarify that ministers of religion are not bound to solemnise marriage by any other law; remove the prohibition of the recognition of same sex marriages solemnised in a foreign country; and include a regulation making power so that consequential amendments can be made to other Acts. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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    15 May 2014 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    HANSON-YOUNG, Sen Sarah 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Marriage Act 1961
    to: remove the prohibition of the recognition of same sex marriages solemnised in a foreign country; and provide that these marriages are recognised under the laws of Australia. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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    04 Dec 2018 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    ANNING, Sen Fraser 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Marriage Act 1961
    and
    Sex Discrimination Act 1984
    to: provide that authorised marriage celebrants, whether religious or non-religious, may refuse to solemnise marriages; and provide that it is not unlawful to discriminate against someone because of their sexual orientation, gender identity, intersex status, marital or relationship status in the course of providing, or offering to provide, goods, services or facilities in connection with the solemnisation of a marriage. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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