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When the law eventually changes will the same rules apply to gay couples that already apply to heterosexual couples

"When the law eventually changes will the same rules apply to gay couples that already apply to heterosexual couples?"

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When the law eventually changes will the same rules apply to gay couples that already apply to heterosexual couples?

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The Australian Marriage Act 1961 is quite explicit regarding the basic rules for marriage. I expect the rules will be the same for gay same sex couples. There are 3 fundamental rules that determine if you qualify to be married under Australian Law: 1) You cannot be married to anyone else, 2) You must not be directly related to the person you wish to marry, 3) You must be over the age of 18.

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How long will it be before the law regarding Gay Marriage in Australia is changed?

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My belief is that the laws regarding Gay Marriage in Australia will be drmatically constested over the next decade, with a possible modification to the Australian Marriage Act.

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Do you think the law regarding same sex and gay marriage will ever change in Australia?

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Yes, I do think the law regarding same sex marriage in Australia will change. The influence of the Catholic Church on social beliefs has largely dimininished over the past 50 years in Australia, paving the way for more expansive views.

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Can I use my commemorative marriage certificate to get a Passport?

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No, you will need to apply for an Official Marriage Certificate to get a passport.

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How does the law regarding Gay Marriage in Australia get changed?

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To change the law regarding Gay Marriage in Australia, a Bill (a proposal for a law or a change to an existing law) is introduced in the Senate. The Bill becomes law (an Act) when agreed to in identical form by both houses of Parliament and assented to by the Governor-General.

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Is the wording in a gay same sex committment ceremony different to a legal wedidng ceremony?

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Yes, it is illegal for me to use words from the Montum and Legal Vow section of the Australian Marriage Act when marrying gay same sex couples.

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How is it possible for my overseas partner to stay in Australia for 2 years after marriage?

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Once you are married, you will immediately apply for a Provisional Partner Visa, which will be valid until your Permanent Partner Visa is either accepted or declined.

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If I get married overseas in a country or state that allows same sex gay marriage, will it be recognised in Australia?

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No, not at present (2016). In order for a gay marriage to be recognised by the Australian Government, the law (in Australia) would need to be changed accordingly. Gay couples who are married overseas are not recognised as married under Australian Law, however a gay couple is considered to be married by any country that currently allows legal same sex marriage.

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Do I need to change my name after I am married?

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No. Women who are married under Australian Law automatically have ther name changed, because the Offical Marriage Certificate acts as a psuedo name change certificate.

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Are you an advocate of Gay and Same Sex Marriages?

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Yes, I fully support the rights of gay and same sex couples to marry in Australia.

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Do I automatically become an Australian Citizen once I am married?

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No. If you want to become a permanent resident in Australia, you will need to apply for a permanent visa.

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Once we are married how long does it take to get a Permanent Partner Visa?

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It takes about 2 years to be eligible to apply for a Permanent Partner Visa.

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What are some reasons that may affect the refund of our deposit?

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If you find a cheaper Celebrant, if you change your wedding date (and it conflicts with a date I already have booked), or if you separate prior to the wedding day.

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What is the Declaration of Marriage at a Ceremony?

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This is when the Celebrant announces the couples to be husband and wife.

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What is the biggest negative when applying for Holiday Visa to be married in Australia?

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The 2 major drawbacks of the Holiday Visa, are that your partner cannot work whilst in Australia, and also the VIsa is only valid for 3 months. Sometimes the marriage may not be solemnised in time to meet the deadline of the Visa.

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What makes a gay same sex marriage different to a heterosexual marriage in Australia?

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Firstly, gay same sex marriages are generally referred to as a committment ceremonies, and secondly there is no legal paperwork. The wording during a gay union must be different to a legal civil union, whilst there is also no government marriage certificate issued. There is also no filing with Births Deaths and Marriages after the ceremony, because the Australian government does not currently recognised gay same sex marriages as legal.

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Can I use my Marriage Certificate to get an upgrade whilst on my honeymoon?

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Yes, many hotels will upgrade couples if they sight the commemorative marriage certificate.

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What do I do if I have lost my Birth Certificate?

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You need to apply for a new one from the office of Births, Deaths and Marriages in the state of your birth.

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What is the alternative for Gay Couples who want to get married?

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An excellent alternative for gay couples is a Commitment Ceremony. This type of ceremony is exactly the same as a traditional marriage ceremony, without the legal paperwork.

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Can my partner and I legally hyphenate our names to create a new name?

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Yes, however you will need to complete a 'Change of Name Certificate 'to make your new name legal.

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Do you marry many gay same sex couples?

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Yes, I marry many gay same sex couples, although it is called a committment ceremony not a wedding ceremony. This is done to distinguish gay unions from legal civil unions.

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Can we have an Engagement Party with a surprise wedding ceremony?

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Yes. Some couples like to surprise their guests with a marriage ceremony, when the guests are only expecting an Engagement Party.

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Why do I need a council permit when booking my ceremony location in a public place?

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Much the same as buying a parking ticket, you will need a permit if booking space on Crown Land, because it is a requirement of local by-laws.

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What proof of ID do I need to provide with the NOIM?

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When I meet with you, I will need to sight your original Birth Certificate and (or) Passport.

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What requirements does a person need to meet to apply for registration as a marriage celebrant?

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Certificate IV in Marriage Celebrancy.

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