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Chronology of same-sex marriage bills introduced into the federal parliament: a quick guide

24 Nov 2017
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Since the 2004 amendment to the Marriage Act 1961 (Cth) which inserted the current definition of marriage, 23 bills dealing with marriage equality or the recognition of overseas same-sex marriages have been introduced into the federal Parliament. Four bills have come to a vote: three in the Senate (in 2010, 2012 and 2013), and one in the House of Representatives (in 2012).

These bills were all defeated at the second reading stage; consequently no bill has been debated by the second chamber. To date, the bills have been introduced by members of parliament representing the Australian Democrats, Australian Greens, Australian Labor Party, Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party, Liberal Democratic Party, Liberal Party of Australia, Nick Xenophon Team and by Independents.

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