Does the Australian Constitution define "marriage" as being between a man and a woman? I know it does under the Marriage Act.

Front page of Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act 1900.

Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act, 1900: Original Public Record Copy (1900).

Parliament House Art Collection, Art Services Parliament House

Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act, 1900: Original Public Record Copy (1900).

Front page of Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act 1900.

Parliament House Art Collection, Art Services Parliament House

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This image shows the front page of the original public record copy of the Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act 1900. There is a a red ribbon tied in a bow on the left hand side of the document. The paper looks faded from age.

Section 51(xxi) of the Australian Constitution gives the Australian Parliament the power to make laws about marriage. It does not say what marriage is or who can get married. The details of how marriages are conducted in Australia are contained in the Marriage Act 1961.