Australia should honour overseas same-sex marriages: advocates
Marriage equality advocates have told a Senate Inquiry that Australia should honour overseas same-sex marriages.
At a public hearing of the Senate Inquiry into the Greens’ Recognition of Foreign Marriages Bill 2014 in Melbourne Australian Marriage Equality national director Rodney Croome said every politician who respected the institution of marriage should support the bill.
"It is an affront to those couples who have married overseas, to the countries under whose laws they married and to the institution of marriage, to treat overseas same- sex marriages like they never happened,” Croome said.
The Senate Inquiry also heard from the NSW Gay & Lesbian Rights Lobby and the Victorian Gay & Lesbian Rights Lobby, as well as the Australian Family Association, the National Marriage Coalition and church groups.
Under the Australian Marriage Act there is an explicit prohibition on the recognition of overseas same-sex marriages, put in place ten years ago under the Howard Government.
Since then as many as 1,400 Australian same-sex couples have married overseas, including almost 300 in New Zealand and, from last month, in UK consulates in Australia.
These marriages have no validity under current Australian law.