We have a couple of related stories coming out of Australia this morning. First, Pink News reports that thousands of gay and lesbian couples in Australia plan to fly to New Zealand to get married once the new law takes effect in August:
The survey, run by Australian Marriage equality, since late last week, asked gay couples if they would travel to the neighbouring country to marry, when it becomes legal there, said national director Rodney Croome. “We expect there to be a flood of couples flying across the Tasman to marry in New Zealand. These are couples who would prefer to marry in their own country, but they are sick and tired of waiting for our own government to catch up.”
But what happens when all those couples come back home to Australia? Gay Star News reports:
Australian Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young said this morning that she will introduce a bill that will allow international same-sex marriages to be legally recognized in Australia. Hanson-Young made the announcement following Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s reiteration of her opposition to legalizing same-sex marriage in Australia, despite nearest neighbor New Zealand passing legislation yesterday. ‘Australian same-sex couples are now lining up to get married in New Zealand and the sad thing is they are not going to be recognized here,’ said Hanson-Young, Adelaide Now reports.
Kudos to Sen. Hanson-Young for taking this step on behalf of Australia’s gay and lesbian couples.