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Marriage Amendment Bill 2004

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REVISED

2002-2003-2004

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

THE SENATE

 

 

Marriage Amendment Bill 2004

 

 

 

(1)     Schedule 1, item 1, page 3 (lines 7 and 8) omit the definition of “ marriage ”, substitute:

marriage means the union of two persons, regardless of their sexuality or gender identity, voluntarily entered into for life.

[definition of marriage]

R(2)  Schedule 1, item 3, page 3 (lines 15 to 19), omit section 88EA, substitute:

88EA  Certain unions are marriages

                   A union solemnised according to the law of a foreign country between two persons, regardless of their sexuality or gender identity, voluntarily entered into for life shall be recognised as a marriage in Australia.

[foreign country marriages]

R(3)  Schedule 1, page 3 (after line 19), at the end of the bill, add:

4  After section 88E

Insert

88EB  Continuing validity of a marriage

                   For the avoidance of doubt, a union solemnised and recognised as a marriage in Australia before the commencement of the provisions of the Marriage Amendment Act 2004 will continue to be recognised as a marriage in Australia after the commencement of that Act.

[continuing validity of a marriage]