Same Sex Civil Union Ceremonies for Queensland

In September 2015 Premier Anastasia Palaszczuk’s promised that “Every Queensland couple, no matter what their gender, deserve the right to hold a ceremony to mark their legal partnerships“.  Following on from that promise, legislation was recently passed to allow civil union ceremonies to recommence in Queensland as early at 2 April 2016.

Previously in Queensland, a civil union ceremony (similar to a marriage ceremony), was permitted, however, a change of government and legislation removed the ability for parties to have a civil union ceremony (couples were only allowed to register their relationships with the Department of Births, Deaths and Marriages, as opposed to have a ceremony to celebrate the event).

There are certain eligibility requirements for couples to enter into a civil union, which include:

1.            Both parties must be 18 years or older;

2.            Neither partner can be married to another person or already in a civil partnership;

3.            At least 1 partner must be living in Queensland.

Parties can enter into a civil union regardless of their gender.

Couples who wish to enter into a civil union can choose whether or not they would like a ceremony and, if they choose to have a ceremony, there are certain requirements as to the ceremony and the registration of the civil union.

More information regarding civil unions is available here:

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Author: Joelene Nel

Partner: Sophie Pearson

Date: 31/03/2016