A gay marriage agreement is the contract that allows a man and a woman to live together in a marriage, in most cases.
It is often made in a private ceremony, usually by the couple themselves.
However, when the couple are together, the agreement can be used by the state to legitimise gay marriages.
As well, there are cases of same-sex couples being able to live as a couple in a home.
For example, a gay couple is allowed to have a second child, and a partner of the same sex can legally adopt a child.
These legal arrangements are legal under Australian law, and have been recognised by the Supreme Court.
But there are a number of issues surrounding how gay marriage contracts are used by government agencies.
These include: How many contracts can a state legally enforce?
Some states have very strict limits on how many contracts a state can legally enforce.
The Supreme Court has ruled that a person who has been married in one state and living with the same partner in another cannot have more than three legal contracts with them.
However in some cases, states are able to extend these limits.
This is because a court can issue a warrant that requires a person to disclose a document to the state they are living with.
The documents may include a marriage certificate, a birth certificate, an employment contract or a lease.
The court may also issue a declaration that says: the documents are for the use of the state and are to be used solely for the purposes of determining the validity of the marriage contract.
The state may not enforce the documents, and the person cannot be prosecuted for breaching the contract.
This will often result in the person losing their marriage contract, or having it invalidated by a judge.
What if the state uses the same documents for a second marriage?
This is a more common case, and is an issue the Supreme Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights considers.
They consider that the use by state agencies of the documents for the second marriage is “unacceptable”.
The court can only order a document or the signature to be removed if there is a serious threat to the safety of the second person, the court has ruled.
What happens when a person loses their marriage contracts?
If the contract has been invalidated, it can take a long time to get another marriage contract approved by the courts.
The next steps may include: appealing to a judge, or going to court again for a final judgement to overturn the invalidity of the contract, the committee argues.
What can you do if your contract has not been honoured?
If your contract was invalidated but you are still living together, you can contact the state agency to ask for it to be cancelled.
If your state agency has cancelled your contract, you may be able to get your contract back if you have previously signed it and it is still valid.
This can be done by going to the court and giving the documents to the agency, or sending them a copy of the legal documents you gave to the agent.
The agency will then issue a notice to the person signing the contract stating that they need to contact the person’s solicitor to obtain the cancellation notice.
If you have lost your contract after the notice has been issued, you should contact the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRRC) to make a complaint.
They can help if you were the one to sign the contract and your relationship is now over.
The ACLJ also recommends that you do not make any contact with the state government for the first time after a complaint has been made, unless it is to lodge an application for review of the decision.
For more information on gay marriage and civil unions, see our article on marriage and gay marriage.