Tue Jun 14, 2011
d) Family, relationships and marriage
The Gillard Government’s anti-gay marriage policy goes global
This article was published on Crikey.com on 14.6.11As well as not allowing same-sex couples to marry in Australia, the Gillard Government does its best to block Australians from entering same-sex marriages overseas.
It does this by refusing to issue same-sex partners with the key document they need to marry in another country.
The document, known as a Certificate of No-Impediment to Marriage or CNI, confirms to a foreign government that the Australian who wants to marry under its laws is not already married in Australia.
The Australian Government routinely issues this document to heterosexual Australians marrying overseas, but it has an explicit policy of refusing them to same-sex partners.
This causes an array of problems for Australians entering legal same-sex marriages in other countries.
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