clw_uk wrote:Does the Australian marriage act allow gay couples to be wed in religious institutions?
I know zero about it
The Marriage Act doesn't cover religious institutions. One can get married as part of a religious or non-religious ceremony. My wife and I were married by a civil marriage celebrant and it was not performed in a church. What the Marriage Act does is recognize marriage as a legal contract between a man and a woman under the jurisdiction of the Commonwealth of Australia. The current definition of marriage in the Marriage Act is a union between a man and a woman. There has been quite a great deal of lobbying to get the past Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, to champion an ammendment to the Act that includes a re-definition of Marriage to make it more inclusive of same sex unions. One of the promises that "Resurection" Kevin Rudd has made is that if the Labor Party are returned in the forthcoming general elections in September, he will push through an amendment to the Act, enacting same-sex marriage.
However, Kevin Rudd is a cunning, duplicitous and cynical politician and I personally do not trust him to keep to his word on this policy matter or any other.