The Queensland Government has introduced the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Amendment Bill 2018 (QLD) (‘the Bill’) in Parliament. The purpose of the Bill is to remove certain restrictions on noting the reassignment of a married person’s sex on the birth register or adopted children register.
The amendment of the Marriage Act 1961 (Cth) by the Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Act 2017 (Cth) (‘the amending Act’) allowed same-sex couples to marry. The amending Act also amended the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 (Cth) to repeal the exemption from exemption from anti-discrimination law in relation to a refusal to alter a person’s sex on an official record because the person is married. This Bill aims to achieve consistency with these amendments. For more information on the Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Act 2017 (Cth), please read TimeBase’s earlier article.
This Bill makes the following amendments:
Yvette D’Ath, Queensland Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, noted in her explanatory speech that the proposed change is supported by key stakeholders:
LGBTI Legal Service president Matilda Alexander supported the proposed changes,:
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Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Amendment Bill 2018 (QLD), explanatory speech and explanatory note, as published on TimeBase LawOne.
Felicity Caldwell, ‘,’ (Brisbane Times) 6 March 2018.
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