Second Reading Speeches

Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Bill 2017

Type
Private
Sponsor(s)
SMITH, Sen Dean
Originating house
House of Representatives
Status
Act
Parliament no
45

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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.