The legalisation of virtual marriage and other relationships between adults and virtual persons is set to be legalised in Australia on October 31.
The move comes amid a growing push for greater gender equality in Australia, with the country now having the world’s third-largest female population and the highest rate of female incarceration in the world.
The law, which would allow for couples to live in virtual reality, has been the subject of heated debate and criticism in Australia over the past few years.
It comes amid growing calls to decriminalise virtual relationships, but many Australians remain opposed to the idea.
The country’s Human Rights Commission released a report last year recommending that the legislation be changed, but the government has so far declined to implement it.
Under the proposal, people who engage in virtual relationships would be given “reasonable restrictions” on the amount of time they spend with their virtual partner.
The legislation would also give the government the power to restrict how virtual marriage can be conducted.
It would also see a person convicted of a virtual relationship with a non-resident be sentenced to less than two years in prison, compared with two years for someone who has sex with virtual person and a maximum of five years for a nonresident.
The bill also would make it a criminal offence to knowingly and intentionally make a false or misleading statement or to mislead an officer in relation to a person’s relationship with virtual marriage.
The Government has indicated it will make changes to the legislation, but is yet to decide what form those changes will take.
Topics:family-and-children,government-and -politics,law-crime-and_justice,marriage,marriage-and/or-love,crime,australiaFirst posted October 26, 2017 12:04:25More stories from New South Wales