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WATCH: New South Wales Could Soon Become First Australian State To Legalize Marriage Equality - VIDEO

NSW Same Sex Marriage

A recent report released in the wake of a Parliamentary Inquiry has deemed it possible for the state government of New South Wales to recognize and legalize same-sex marriage, much in the same way that individual states have managed to legalize marriage equality in the United States. Should the state choose to seize the opportunity, it would become the first Australian state to do so. According to labor MP Penny Sharpe, a cross-party coalition has already begun work on a bill that could potentially be passed as early as this year. 

Currently, same-sex couples in Australia must travel overseas should they wish to get married, and do not receive any sort of legal recognition for their marriage upon returning home. "As soon as we walk back into Australia, we have a piece of paper that means nothing," said Steven Miller to Australia's Ten News. Miller and his partner have been engaged for four years, but wish to wait for some sort of legal recognition before finally tying the knot.

Any marriage equality bill that is introduced must be debated and passed by the "Upper House" before moving to the "Lower House". According to Ten News, the Lower House will likely prove the biggest challenge. 

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  1. As someone living here in Australia I can tell you that the Australian Capital Territory (ACT)is probably going to be the first. However this isn't a state by law, just a territory. NSW COULD be the first state as there is a definite push there (thank you Mardi Gras) but there have been other states in recent years who have brought legislation forward only to be denied at some point in the approval process. Tasmania comes to mind here where last year premier Lara Giddings introduced marriage laws which passed the lower house but got stopped by the upper.

    Posted by: Sean White | Jul 29, 2013 8:36:35 AM

  2. When it comes to gay marriage, Australia is so far behind the times, it's not funny. Sydney's gay Mardi Gras is a sad display of narcissism and fetishes as sponsored by gay corporate whoredom. It is no more indicative of gay progress than a zoo is of animal rights.

    Australia's gays tend to suffer from 'disturbed disco bunny' syndrome. This means they prefer dancing to thinking about gay rights.

    Posted by: Adam | Jul 29, 2013 9:03:55 AM

  3. Adam,

    A poster here named Jason hates women, minorities and Australians, just like you! Any chance you know each other?

    Posted by: Brian1 | Jul 29, 2013 9:09:19 AM

  4. The same bill was defeated here in South Australia. They wanted to "wait to see what happens in NSW". I'm not kidding.

    Posted by: AussieSteve | Jul 29, 2013 5:26:28 PM

  5. Gays in Australia need to organize and get serious about equality. Mardi Gras should be replaced with serious activism and rallies. The image of Aussie gays is very frivolous, partyholic, and immature. They also need to challenge heterosexuals to speak out in favor of equality, including celebrities.

    Posted by: Malcolm | Jul 29, 2013 7:40:53 PM

  6. I do wish Australian gay people would turn the mardi gras march into a serious protest - currently it keeps our public image to the level of court jeste.

    Posted by: Tristram | Jul 30, 2013 12:28:25 AM

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