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Marriage Amendment Bill 2012

Schedule 1 Amendment of the Marriage Act 1961

   

1  Subsection 5(1) (definition of marriage )

Repeal the definition, substitute:

marriage means the union of two people, regardless of their sex, to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life.

2  Subsection 46(1)

Omit “a man and a woman”, substitute “two people”.

3 Section 47

After paragraph (a), insert:

                    (aa)  imposes an obligation on an authorised celebrant, being a minister of religion, to solemnise a marriage where the parties to the marriage are of the same sex; or

Section 88EA

Repeal the section.

5  Part III of the Schedule (table item 1)

Omit “a husband and wife ”, substitute “two people”.