Australian Gay Couples Can Now Marry Abroad

Australian gay couples will soon be able to marry abroad, the Sydney Morning Herald reports:

AustraliaIn several nations that allow gay marriage, including Portugal, Spain, Norway and South Africa, a person must produce a Certificate of No Impediment, which proves they are at least 18, unmarried and that there is no other barrier to them taking part in a marriage ceremony.

The Attorney-General, Nicola Roxon, will announce today that from February 1 same-sex couples will be able to apply for the certificates.

''This important change will allow same-sex couples to take part in overseas marriage ceremonies, and be considered married according to the laws of that country,'' Ms Roxon said…

…Same-sex marriages conducted overseas are not recognised in Australia, but may be evidence of a de facto relationship for the purposes of federal and state laws.

Australia's Labor Party added marriage equality to its platform last month.


  1. ChicagoR says


    But I thought the point of gay marriage for guys is that they don’t want to marry a broad. They want to marry a dude!

  2. Will says

    LOL@Chicago’s comment.

    Kind of a weird policy, isn’t it? To say that you approve of the marriage, just not in your own backyard?

    I guess it’s better than nothing….but I keep thinking back to the video “It’s Time” about equal marriage rights….and wanting it in your own country. Not having to travel to a foreign land just to get it.

  3. Robert in NYC says

    It doesn’t mean Australia approves of same-sex marriage, it just removes the barrier to Australian gay couples marrying abroad. Even so, upon return, such marriages won’t be recognized as such but downgraded to civil unions in Australian states that allow them or some other form of non-married legal union. Screwed up for sure, but marriage equality is coming to Australia and elsewhere, inevitable.

  4. Steve says

    The real sticking point is that this also affected people who moved to other countries. They intended to leave AUS permanently but where still bound by this ridiculous policy.

    One such cases was the sister of a former state MP or prime minister who moved to Portugal

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