Leslie and Keith met in , lived together for a decade and had two children before overcoming their initial scepticism and deciding to get married. People don't come for parties or events, they come for weddings and funerals. Marriage Act amended August 16, Photo: John Howard's intervention effectively banned same-sex marriages from being recognised in Australia.
In some states a couple needs to have lived together for a minimum period before they can claim de facto status. Arun and Padma marry Photo: Arun and Padma, who married in December Supplied Arun and Padma both grew up in the Tamil community in southern India before settling in Australia. They had an arranged marriage. Arun does do a lot of compromising and I know that, and I did learn to love him, so I guess it just comes. Unlike Australia, Scotland allows gay marriage.
I just cried and couldn't speak. You need to say sorry if you've made a mistake. You can't just walk out. People attend a rally in support of same-sex marriage in Sydney on December 3, Torsten Blackwood In November, the Australian government's push for a plebiscite on same-sex marriage is defeated in the Senate. Penny Wong delivered an emotional speech in the Upper House. Jed Cooper The Federal Government's bid to hold a plebiscite on whether or not to legalise same-sex marriage is blocked by the Senate.
In doing so, the Government announces that it will gauge public sentiment on same-sex marriage via a voluntary postal plebiscite. Senator Penny Wong calls the moves to ask Australians to vote a damaging and expensive stunt to avoid having Parliament decide on allowing same-sex marriage.
It is not a unifying moment. It is exposing our children to that kind of hatred," she says. Results announced for the postal vote on same-sex marriage November 15, Australians were asked to answer yes or no to the question: New South Wales had the lowest Yes vote at 58 per cent.
Bill passes House of Representatives December 8, Federal parliament passes a bill in which the definition of marriage is changed to 'the union of two people to the exclusion of all others', replacing the previous definition that marriage was between a man and a woman. There is loud applause in the chamber when the vote is read out. Some same-sex marriage campaigners in the gallery break out into an impromptu rendition of 'I am, you are Australian' with some politicians joining in.
First posted April 17,