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Call on Australian Government to recognise Ellen and Portia’s marriage

Ellen and Portia. Image, here

Marriage equality advocates have called on the Federal Government to commit to recognising the legal marriage of Ellen Degeneres and Portia de Rossi as a gesture of goodwill following the couple’s visit down under.

Australian Marriage Equality national director, Rodney Croome, said,

“The Australian public have overwhelmingly accepted that Ellen and Portia are married, but under Australian law they are considered to be legal strangers.”

“It’s time for the government to recognise overseas same-sex marriages if Australia is to live up to its reputation as a friendly, accepting nation.”

“Hundreds of Australian same-sex couples have travelled overseas to marry and that number is likely to increase soon with marriage equality in New Zealand, Britain and France.”

“The lives of these couples and their families will be dramatically improved by the recognition of their solemn vows in Australian law.”

The Australian Marriage Act has explicitly banned the recognition of overseas same-sex marriages since 2004.

Several countries recognise overseas same-sex marriages even though they do not solemnise such marriages. They include Israel, Japan and Slovenia.

Twelve nations allow same-sex couples to marry.

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  1. Leonard Colquhoun

    March 30, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    Caution: Godwin Alert!

    Re comment 1’s “worship of some American show host by screaming teenage girls”: an addition to Comment 2’s more long-term view, you’d have to reckon it better than worship of some Austrian postcard artist by screaming German mädchen.

    Or, worship of some African / Islamist / marxist mass-murdering dictator by screaming teenage girls.

    Let’s count our blessings, even if (i) some come from America, and (ii) they are, like, you know, gross.

  2. A.K.

    March 28, 2013 at 8:36 am

    #1 teenage girls were screaming over celebrities when i was a kid, they will still be doing it in one hundred years time. But I do agree never saw the sense in it back then, now now, but understand they are pretty emotional at that age. Lucky my youngest girl became muso’s and get screamed at sometimes.

  3. Pink Floyd

    March 26, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    Personally I couldn’t care less whether they are married or who legally recognizes their marriage. What gets me is all the crap regarding worship of some American show host by screaming teenage girls. If what we are seeing is any guide, thank god I never had daughters, I couldn’t put up with it.

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