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same-sex couples

Daniel Rod

A recent decision in the Family Court of Australia, Blaze & Anor & Grady & Anor [2015] FamCA 1064, highlights the immense difficulties that same sex couples face in parenting matters, especially those involving surrogacy.

Rather than repeating the law of surrogacy in Australia, covered very well by my colleague Bree Stains, I direct you to her article for an … Read more

Same-sex marriage now legal in USA

by Michelle McDermott on June 30, 2015

Michelle McDermott

In an historic landmark decision, the highest Court in the USA, the Supreme Court, has ruled that the country’s Constitution provides same-sex couples the right to marry. Prior to this decision, each of the 50 states could decide whether or not to allow same-sex couples to marry.

It was, however, a very close outcome with 5 out of the 9 … Read more

First same-sex marriages in UK

by Michelle McDermott on March 7, 2014

Michelle McDermott

In stark contrast to the recent shambles in Australia, same sex couples in the UK will be able to be married from Saturday 29 March 2014.

The UK's Women and Equalities Minster, Maria Miller set out the UK's position as such, "Marriage is one of our most important institutions, and from 29 March 2014 it will be open to everyone, … Read more

Peter Magee

In an article published in the Sydney Morning Herald on 6 August 2013 titled “High Divorce Rate means it’s time for Wedleases” Paul Rampell discusses whether or not the institution of marriage needs to be reviewed. In particular he focuses on for what most people is one of the defining aspects of marriage – that it is a … Read more

High Court Overturns A.C.T. Legislation on Same Sex Marriage

by Michelle McDermott on December 13, 2013

Michelle McDermott

The High Court has today handed down its decision in respect of the ACT’s legislation permitting same-sex marriage. As expected, the ACT legislation was overturned.

The High Court found that the ACT law provided for marriage equality for same sex couples. As such, the legislation could not operate alongside federal laws as only the federal parliament had the power under … Read more

Same-sex Parents and Separation

by Peter Magee on November 29, 2013

Peter Magee

When Brenna Harding won the Logies award for Most Popular New Female Talent in 2013 she thanked her two mums in her acceptance speech.

In reporting on her win in the Sydney Morning Herald on 9 April 2013 Steve Dow reported “In the hotel room upstairs, her biological mum Vicky proudly watched her daughter’s win on television, while Harding’s other Read more

Peter Magee
On 27 January 2012, Attorney General Nicola Roxon delivered a media release which stated that as of 1 February 2012 there were to be certificates of no known impediment to marriage issued for same sex couples.

“The important change will allow same sex couples to take part in overseas marriage ceremonies, and be considered married according to the laws of Read more

Same sex marriage. The arguments against are flawed.

by Peter Magee on December 4, 2011

Peter MageeAn article titled “Time To Say ‘I do’ To Same Sex Weddings” was published in the Sydney Morning Herald on 8 August 2011.

The article was written by Madeleine Boxall and discussed the issue of same sex marriage, strongly arguing that forbidding same sex marriage was a form of prejudice against gay and lesbian people.  The article refers to … Read more

Same sex marriage: is Australia ready to accept it?

by Peter Magee on September 27, 2011

Last year Parliament approved a Greens motion for MPs to consult their constituents about their views on same sex marriage.  It was a motion that was put on the basis that if MP’s were to consult the public on this issue it was believed that there would be wide spread public support for same sex marriage.  The motion was also … Read more

In a controversial case before the New South Wales Supreme Court, a Judge has concluded that having a sperm donor’s name on a birth certificate would save pain later.

On 28 June 2011, Zoe Paterson, a solicitor from our office, published a blog titled “Lesbian and sperm donor fight for child”.  That blog commented on a case which was … Read more