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AUSTRALIA

Male to Male relationships: Legal
Punishments for male to male relationships: No law
Female to Female Relationships: Legal
Age of consent: Equal for heterosexuals and homosexuals
Marriage and Substitutes for Marriage: Marriage laws vary in this country depending on area
Adoption: Only in some areas
Is it possible to change your gender on official documents?: Yes
Gay or lesbian able to serve in the armed forces: Yes

Your Views

Are you LGBTI? We want to hear from you! Help us inform other users of the site with your views on this country. Below is a random question about this country. If it is relevant to you please answer it.

Are you married to your same-sex partner in AUSTRALIA?

The majority of people visiting this site have said No

Yes, I married here (0 %) Yes, I was married in another country (0 %) No, but we have a civil partnership (6%) No (93%)

The Your Stories section is all about you! Please take a minute to tell visitors of the ILGA website about what LGBTI life is like in reality. Please submit your personal story and share your experience!

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Readers Experiences

This is what people are saying about life for LGBTI people in AUSTRALIA...
posted for readers on 02/06/2011 tagged with lgbt families
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It is not currently legal for same sex partners to marry in Australia. One of the main differences between heterosexual marriage laws and domestic partnerships in Australia is that heterosexual marriage makes it much easier for a foreign partner to immigrate to the country, whereas a same sex partner can't marry and then immigrate. Instead, same sex partners must find other ways and usually are unable to work in the country for a full 3 years after moving there. The first year is required before an unmarried partner can even apply for a visa that would recognize what they call a "de facto" relationship, i.e., serious/long term/marriage equivalent. On the other hand, heterosexual couples can marry in an entirely different country and still move immediately to Australia so long as one of them is a citizen.
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posted for readers on 02/06/2011 tagged with lgbt families
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It is not currently legal for same sex partners to marry in Australia. One of the main differences between heterosexual marriage laws and domestic partnerships in Australia is that heterosexual marriage makes it much easier for a foreign partner to immigrate to the country, whereas a same sex partner can't marry and then immigrate. Instead, same sex partners must find other ways and usually are unable to work in the country for a full 3 years after moving there. The first year is required before an unmarried partner can even apply for a visa that would recognize what they call a "de facto" relationship, i.e., serious/long term/marriage equivalent. On the other hand, heterosexual couples can marry in an entirely different country and still move immediately to Australia so long as one of them is a citizen.
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