QUOTE (Frankly my Dear @ 19/11/2012, 02:31 PM)
If a man & man get married (or woman and woman
) in a city/country where gay marraige is legal then say move to an area/country where it is not, does the new place recognize the marriage??
For example, say a couple that lived in and got married in Norway, then decided to move to AUS, would we recognize their marriage?
Or another example, an australian moves to norway for a number of years and gets married to a norweigian then they decide to move back to Aus, would the partner be able to come here on a spouse visa????
No, they wouldn't. The best the married-in-Norway Aussie and his husband could hope for would be a case for a de facto visa, and then only if they had been living together long enough.
If my husband were a woman, I would not have been able to get my visa, because while I qualified for the Prospective Spousal visa (i.e. intent to be married... we were not even married yet) I did not qualify for the de facto one, because I had always lived in the States and he had always lived in Oz and we only visited each other. If we had gotten married in Vermont (a state where it is legal) but were both men or both women, Australia would not have recognized it and even married would have had less rights than we did as UNMARRIED heteros.