Monday, May 1, 2017

UK helps gay couples marry in Australia

Same-sex couples can't get married under Australian law, but hundreds of same-sex weddings have taken place since 2014 using British law, with the help of the British High Commission.

The British High Commission has performed more same-sex weddings in Australia than in any other country. Out of 280 same-sex marriages performed in British embassies and high commissions around the world, 250 of them have occurred in Australia. 

Alex Beatty from the High Commission said the figures weren't surprising given the relationship between the two countries. It's estimated 1.5 million Australians either have British citizenship or have family ties which make them eligible to apply.

"The service is something that we’re pleased to offer and happy to perform”, Beatty said. “They’re particularly popular with our staff because,  as you can imagine, most of our staff deal with people who are in some kind of particular difficulty", he added.

It's time Australia!

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