Jan 27, 2012

Positive reform for same-sex couples

The Gillard Labor Government has today announced that Australians seeking to enter into a same-sex marriage overseas will be able to apply for a Certificate of No Impediment to marriage for the first time from 1 February.

These certificates, which were previously only available to heterosexual couples, confirm there is no impediment to a person taking part in a marriage ceremony overseas, and considers issues such as whether the person is over 18 or already married.

This change is further evidence of Labor’s commitment to removing discrimination in Commonwealth legislation and policies.

The Gillard Government has a proud record on same-sex equality – since coming to office in 2007 we’ve amended over 80 Commonwealth laws to eliminate discrimination against same-sex couples and their children in a range of areas.

Overseas countries that permit same-sex marriage and require a Certificate of No Impediment include Norway, Portugal and Spain.

Couples seeking to marry overseas can find information about applying for a Certificate of No Impediment to marriage at www.smartraveller.gov.au.