Many transgender people were forced to divorce if they wanted to officially change gender. Couples who enter into a civil union or domestic partnership are recognised as being in a de facto relationship for the purpose of federal law. As a direct result of a petition set-up by him, the gay panic defence was removed from Queensland law on 21 March Anglican Church of Australia. Chairman Ikebal Patel said such moves would threaten the "holy relationship" of marriage and the core values of supporting families.
The law came into effect on 9 December, immediately recognising overseas same-sex marriages.
Marriage equality law passes Australia's parliament in landslide vote
Retrieved 3 September Archived from the original on 17 December Retrieved 8 October This includespeople who identified as gay or lesbian andpeople who identified as having an "other" sexual orientation. Queensland legalised male same-sex activity with effect from 19 January after the long-standing Nationals government had lost power.
Archived from the original on 11 March Archived from the original PDF on 26 May Views Read Edit View history. Loading comments… Trouble loading? According to constitutional lawyer, Anne Twomeythe short answer is yes; the more difficult question is whether that law will be effective or whether it will be inoperative because it is inconsistent with a Commonwealth law, namely the Marriage Act.