On 30 November , the Queensland Parliament passed a bill allowing civil partnerships in the state. It was inconsistent both because its definition of marriage conflicted with that in the federal act and because the federal act was exclusive, leaving no room for any other definition in the legislation of a state or a territory. Tony Abbott has traditionally opposed same-sex marriage, and in the parliamentary debates on the same-sex marriage Bills, Coalition MPs were not allowed a conscience vote. He said that after many false starts, he was thrilled to finally be getting married in his hometown, Melbourne, early next year. We enjoy the same legal protections and status as any other happily or otherwise wed couple. The state lower house passed same-sex marriage legislation by 13 votes to 11 in September , though the upper house subsequently voted against the legislation a few weeks later by 8 votes to 6. Want more Australia coverage and discussion? The tribunal ordered that she be issued a passport listing her as female, in accordance with her other official documents, thereby recognising the existence of a marriage between two persons who are legally recognised as female. Other type of partnership or unregistered cohabitation Limited recognition of same-sex marriages at the federal level, no territory level recognition No recognition Constitution limits marriage to opposite-sex couples Same-sex sexual activity illegal Federal law[ edit ] The federal Marriage Act governs laws relating to marriage in Australia. The reforms ensured that, for the first time under Australian law, same-sex couples were recognised as a couple akin to opposite-sex partners. Wilson said. There have also been significant developments in the United States where the Supreme Court recently gave two decisions which have had an impact on same-sex marriage.