Australia SSM: Free marriages for same-sex couples who wed in Canberra in 2013

00:53  08 december  2017
00:53  08 december  2017 Source:   abc.net.au

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The same - sex marriage debate has already seen the ACT Government create rainbow buses and a rainbow roundabout — and from today Canberrans will also be able to purchase rainbow number plates for their cars.

For a brief moment in 2013 , same - sex marriage was legal in the Australian Capital Territory. Couples who are registered for civil unions in the ACT will also be able to apply for free marriages . A marriage certificate costs ordinarily.

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Couples who married during a brief window in 2013 when the ACT legalised same-sex marriage will have their application fees waived if they choose to reaffirm their unions under new laws.

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Same - sex marriage (also known as gay marriage ) is the marriage of a same - sex couple , entered into in a civil or religious ceremony.

The Marriage ( Same Sex Couples ) Act 2013 (c. 30) is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom which legalised same - sex marriage in England and Wales. Civil partnership became lawful in the United Kingdom in 2004

Less than one week after the ACT put laws in place to allow same-sex couples to marry, the marriages were annulled when the High Court overturned the law.

Now that the Federal Parliament has legalised same-sex marriage, the ACT Government has said it will waive the first certificate fee of $55 for those couples if they choose to remarry.

ACT Attorney-General Gordon Ramsay said it was a way of acknowledging the difficultly those couples faced.

"We're pleased this is another way we can show our support and acknowledge this important change and celebrate with them," he said.

"It's been a very difficult time for a number of people." Also included are any couples who are registered for civil unions under ACT law.

The government said all-up about 80 couples were eligible.

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Couples who married during a brief window in 2013 when the ACT legalised same - sex marriage will have their government fees waived if they choose to reaffirm their unions under new laws.

After the Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms ) Act 2017 was passed, the ACT Government offered free marriage certificates for couples who married there under the Marriage Equality ( Same Sex ) Act ^ " Free marriages for same - sex couples who wed in Canberra in 2013 ".

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Anne-Marie Delahunt, who married her partner Meg Clark in 2013, said she would marry again early next year.

"Meg and I did decide last night, what our new date would be ... we'll get married in early February, we've decided," she said.

"We'll end up with an old marriage certificate, and a new one. "I think it was a touching measure from the ACT Government to say that our second marriage certificate will be free."

Ms Delahunt, who is also chair of the ACT Government's LGBTIQ advisory council, said she had been left "tired and wrung out" by this week's parliamentary debate.

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