With an overwhelming majority 'yes' vote for the legalisation of same-sex marriage in Australia, good news for the LGBQTI community of Australia keeps on coming. The City of Sydney has stated that following legislation, same-sex couples will marry for free, the bill has passed through the senate, and while there is only one little hurdle left (with legislation yet to pass the lower house), Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has said he is "very confident" it will clear this week and that "both houses will sit until it is done."

Now, even more good news; the bill currently before parliament will instantly recognise same-sex couples who have married overseas as legally married under Australian law. Currently, the Commonwealth Marriage Act states that same-sex unions that took place overseas "must not be recognised as a marriage in Australia." It is estimated that thousands of same-sex couples married overseas in countries such as Britain, the United States, Canada and the Netherlands where same-sex marriage has been legal since 2001. Likewise, close to 1000 Australian couples married in New Zealand where same-sex marriage has been legal since 2013.

"There'll be no need to register your overseas marriage or take any steps - the recognition will simply follow the law coming into effect," explains Anna Brown, a director of the Human Rights Law Centre. The bill also applies to marriages retrospectively. 

Even more good news for same-sex couples in Australia