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The legislation to allow same-sex marriage, the Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Act 2017, passed the Australian Parliament on 7 December 2017 and received royal assent from the Governor-General the following day.
The law came into effect on 9 December, immediately recognising overseas same-sex marriages.
The first weddings under Australian law were held on 16 December 2017.
The passage of the law followed a voluntary postal survey of all Australians, in which 61.6% of respondents supported a change in the law to allow same-sex couples to marry.
Tim Wilson, a 37-year-old politician in the conservative coalition government, was among the first politicians to join the House of Representatives debate and toward the end of his speech popped the question to his partner of seven years Ryan Bolger, who was watching from the public gallery.
“In my first speech I defined our bond by the ring that sits on both of our left hands, and they are the answer to a question we cannot ask,” an emotional Wilson said, referring to the first time he addressed the Parliament last year.
This, of course, means good news for MP Tim Wilson, a member of the country's Liberal Party who is openly gay, and who proposed to his partner during a same-sex marriage debate over the weekend.
De facto relationships provide couples who are living together on a genuine domestic basis with many of the same rights and benefits as married couples.
Two people can become a de facto couple by entering into a registered relationship (i.e.: civil union or domestic partnership) or by being assessed as such by the Family Court or Federal Circuit Court.
“There’s only one thing left to do: Ryan Patrick Bolger, will you marry me? The 33-year-old primary school teacher responded “yes,” which was recorded in the official parliamentary record.
The House of Representatives is holding its final two-week session of the year, which is giving priority to lifting the ban on same-sex marriage ion Australia.