Sydney MP Alex Greenwich to introduce Bill to recognise overseas same-sex marriage

Sydney MP Alex Greenwich to introduce Bill to recognise overseas same-sex marriage

LAST UPDATED // Wednesday, 13 August 2014 15:25 Written by // Cec Busby

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.


Cec Busby

Cec Busby

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

Comments (1)

  • Stuart

    14 August 2014 at 08:47 |
    Any couple with one resident in NSW can already pay a fee, fill out a form, and have their relationship put on a register that is no more than proof they're a defacto relationship (so the only advantage is you don't have to demonstrate you're in a defacto relationship each time you access state support).
    Given that it's 2014, I find any piecemeal moves like this offer hollow "recognition" and are an insult. The time for "little steps toward equality" is over and we should be very angry and visibly so. Moves like this also fuel the opposing argument that we don't need gay marriage, since we mostly have it anyway in every way but name. Can't believe the gays in the state of THE gay Mardi gras and gay rights advancement in the 1970s-1990s have become so apathetic that we still don't have gay marriage.


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