Sydney MP Alex Greenwich to introduce Bill to recognise overseas same-sex marriage
On the tenth anniversary of the Howard government’s ban on gay marriage, Sydney independent MP Alex Greenwich will introduce a bill to parliament to recognise overseas same-sex marriages.
Greenwich said his proposed bill will bring NSW into line with Queensland and Tasmania who have already passed similar legislation.
Greenwich is amongst the select few members of parliament who are in a same-sex marriage. In 2012 he married his husband Victor in Argentina. Shortly after South Australian MP Ian Hunter married in Spain and WA MP Stephen Dawson also married in 2013.
“Ten years ago the federal government banned same-sex marriage and in that time, thousands of couples have gone overseas to marry in the growing number of countries that allow same-sex marriage. My bill will give those couples in NSW the dignity of having state law recognise their solemn vows in our relationships register act.”
Since New Zealand passed same sex marriage laws in 2013 hundreds of Australian couples have gone overseas to wed.
“Federal MPs are moving towards supporting marriage equality, and in the meantime my bill would give same-sex couples in NSW important protection and recognition,” Greenwich said.
Greenwich will give notice of his bill before Question Time in New South Wales Parliament today.