Most definitely YES! The Marriage Bill will pass by Wednesday evening or Thursday morning (source: my own well informed judgement ... ok...). Although the legislation will immediately come into effect, I am not sure as of when you will be able to lodge a Notice of Intended Marriage at your local Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages (just keep checking the website of the registry). It is predicted that the first same-sex marriages will take place in mid January 2018 (~15-01). The marriage process is easy and explained on the Registry's website.Hello,
Me and my partner are going on defacto, but we're wondering if the gay marriage bill passes - will we be able to do that? Get married and it be that easy?
Can anyone educate me further on this?
Well, in a way it does, since marriage waives the 12-month requirement defacto couples would otherwise be subjected to. So in states where registering a same-sex relationship isn't possible, this will definitely open up options and make things easier, and potentially make people eligible to apply earlier and speed things up that way (though clearly won't speed up processing, which I'm sure is what you meant!).FYI being married doesn't make the process any easier or quicker.
best of luck.