As of the 1st of February, the laws that restrict Australians from getting married overseas will be revoked. These laws, introduced by lil johnny howard in 2004, not only made changes to the definition of marriage, specifically adding lines that would discriminate against homosexual, transgender, and nongendered people, but it also would not allow Certificate For Intent to be issues to GLBT Australians who were overseas.
The CFI is a sheet of paper that certifies that the person does not already have a legally recognised partner and is free to marry. Since 2004, thanks to the changes added by phil ruddock and lil jonny howard, LGBT people cannot receive these. Without these, they cannot marry. Well, could not. They will be able to once again after February 1st. Continue reading