Aussie same-sex marriages to be recognised by UN

Aussie same-sex marriages to be recognised by UN

LAST UPDATED // Monday, 07 July 2014 16:31 Written by // Cec Busby

While the Australian government is still refusing to recognise same–sex marriages by Australians conducted overseas, the UN has announced they will grant recognition of the unions.

UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon  announced Australians that have entered same-sex marriages in countries such as New Zealand and the UK will be recognised as married by the United Nation, even if they are not recognised by their home nation.
Australian Marriage Equality national director, Rodney Croome described the decision as sensible and suggested it was yet another indication the Abbott government should consider marriage equality.
"The UN's sensible decision to treat all marriages equally increases pressure on the Abbott Government to allow a free vote so the same can happen under Australian law.
"It is an embarrassment that the U.N. recognises the legal marriages of Australian same-sex couples while these couples' own government fails to do the same."
Croome described the current situation, where UN employed Australians would be considered married at work but unmarried elsewhere as “absurd”.

Last week the first same-sex marriage took place in the British consulate in Sydney.
There is currently a senate inquiry into the effects of recognising overseas same-sex marriages.


Cec Busby

Cec Busby

Cec Busby is the news editor of SX and online editor of

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