NSW Recognizes Overseas Same-Sex Marriages

By Haruna Kobayashi, for ExpatBriefing.com 25 November, 2014

Civil partners who have married overseas are now eligible to have their marital status officially recognized in Sydney and the rest of New South Wales.

Alex Greenwich, who is Independent Member for Sydney in the state legislature, led a move to amend the NSW Relationships Register.

Greenwich said, "Under these changes, same sex couples who marry overseas will be able to reflect their marital status on relevant forms and will no longer have to declare that they are not married. The eligibility section of the guide for couples will also be updated to clarify that same sex couples who marry overseas are eligible to register their relationship."

However, he criticized Australia's Federal Government for failing to legislate for marriage equality, describing the situation as "an embarrassing blight on our nation's reputation for fairness, freedom and equality."

Similar laws already exist in Queensland and Tasmania.

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