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Administrative change on CNIs a positive step, but marriages still won’t be recognised

The Greens have for years urged the government to issue certificates of non-impediment to same-sex couples marrying overseas, which was a recommendation from the senate inquiry into the Greens' marriage equality bill in 2009.

"The Government and the new Attorney General should be congratulated for finally reversing that position, but it falls short of what is needed," Greens' marriage equality spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said today.

"It remains ridiculous that couples can acquire the paper work to be married overseas, but once they get home, their marriage is not recognised. The only way to fix this is to change the Marriage Act.

"Our focus now is ensuring couples don't have to travel to other jurisdictions to be able to marry the person they love - they should be able to be married in the country they love.

"The Greens will next month move to refer our Marriage Equality (Amendment) Bill 2010 to a Senate inquiry to hear from all sides their thoughts on amending the law.

"Giving the community and MPs more time to hear from same-sex couples why the law should be changed will increase the chances of getting enough votes for a marriage equality bill to pass the parliament.

"Our goal is removing discrimination from the Marriage Act and bringing Australia into line with other countries such as Canada, South Africa and Spain which celebrate equal love."


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