More than 20,000 people rallied in Sydney for the legalization of gay marriage. A postal survey will start in two days to decide if the issue will go to parliament.
Same-sex couples in Australia tied the knot in midnight ceremonies as the last legal obstacles to gay marriage expired. Parliament passed marriage reform last month after a postal ballot supported marriage equality.
After a multi-million-dollar postal survey and lengthy debate, Australia’s parliament has voted 146 to 4 in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage. The first weddings could take place early next year.
The ECJ found that under the EU’s freedom of movement directive, the term "spouse" includes same-sex partners. This applies even if the country where residency is being requested does not recognize gay marriage.
A gay senator has opened the debate in Australia’s parliament on legislation to lift a ban on same-sex marriage. Boosted by a nationwide public vote, the first LGBT couples could get wed before Christmas.
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