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NSW recognises overseas gay marriage

SAME-SEX couples who marry overseas can now have their marital status recognised by the NSW Relationships Register.

It is a step short of legalising gay marriage, but independent MP Alex Greenwich said it showed a major shift in Australian attitudes.

He won government support on Thursday to have the law amended.

"Under these changes, same-sex couples who marry overseas will be able to reflect their marital status on relevant forms and will no longer have to declare that they are not married," Mr Greenwich said.

"The eligibility section of the guide for couples will also be updated to clarify that same-sex couples who marry overseas are eligible to register their relationship.

"This change acknowledges that a growing number of NSW citizens must travel overseas to marry the person they love, while waiting for the Federal Government to legislate for marriage equality."

Mr Greenwich said the inaction of federal governments, past and present, on marriage equality was "an embarrassing blight on our nation's reputation for fairness, freedom and equality".

"Fortunately the NSW Relationship Register will now ensure these marriages receive a level of protection and recognition in NSW, and I thank the Attorney-General for working with me towards this outcome," he said.

- APN NEWSDESK



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