Posted April 15, 2018 05:13:38The Commonwealth has not yet announced whether or not it will hold a referendum on whether or what changes it wants to make to its proposed marriage equality laws.
A joint statement from the Australian Government and the Commonwealth says that the Government is “not currently preparing a specific timetable for when the Australian people will be informed of the Government’s position on marriage equality”.
The statement said the Government has made clear its intention to consult on these matters before a referendum, and that it will continue to provide the information it has already received.
What will happen?
The Commonwealth says it expects the referendum to be held by the end of 2019, after the Senate passes its own bill on the legislation.
The statement says the Government will be working with stakeholders to ensure the referendum is as timely and transparent as possible.
How long will it take?
The Joint Statement says the consultation period for the proposed marriage laws will “last no longer than 18 months”.
The Government is also expected to “make a submission to the Australian Capital Territory Government” before the end in 2019, in which it says it will outline its plans for a “decent marriage”.
This will be done via an interim report, the statement says.
What are the major issues in the Marriage Act?
While the bill has been amended several times, the main change introduced is the definition of marriage.
Previously, the definition defined marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
Under the proposed amendments, the legislation will now say that marriage will be defined as “a legal relationship between one man, one woman, and a person of the same sex”.
The proposed changes also make changes to existing laws and make a number of other changes.
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