The Australian Senate is expected to consider a bill which seeks to recognize the overseas marriages of gay and lesbian couples.

According to the Herald Sun, the Senate will consider Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young's Overseas Marriage Recognition Bill before the end of June.

Marriage equality advocate Kerryn Phelps, who married her partner in New York, said the couple faced a “bureaucratic nightmare.”

“Australian politicians are not listening to their population and it's time that they did,” she told the paper.

Phelps added that the prohibition against recognizing the overseas marriages of gay and lesbian couples was approved by the government in 2004.

Recent passage of marriage equality in neighboring New Zealand and unsuccessful attempts to legalize the institution in Australia prompted the proposal.

Australian Marriage Equality Convenor Rodney Croome said the law “disrespected” the marriages of same-sex couples who got hitched abroad.

“We are disregarding those other countries' laws, we are treating those countries with disrespect as well as treating couples who marry in those countries with disrespect,” he said. “It makes no sense to allow Australian same-sex couples to marry in other countries but then to disregard those marriages when those couples return to Australia.”