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11 Nov 2009

Gay unions now legal in Australia's ACT

The ACT government passed legislation today making it the first to legalise civil partnership ceremonies for same-sex couples, but Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has the power to overturn the new laws because they are at odds with the marriage act. 

The following is an excerpt from "Gay unions now legal in ACT" by AAP published on news.com.au. For the full article, follow the link at the end of the page.

An Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Greens Bill to legalise civil ceremonies between same sex couples has been passed by the Territory's Parliament.

The Bill allows gay and lesbian couples to create their civil partnerships through a legally-binding ceremony before friends and family.

"This legislation is another step along the road to full equality for same sex couples in Australia, and we are delighted that the assembly has passed it today," ACT Greens MLA Shane Rattenbury, who drafted the Bill, said in a statement.

Mr Rattenbury said it was about providing decency and respect and acknowledgingthat same sex relationships have equal value in the ACT community.

"We understand that this is not same sex marriage," he said, adding that the ACT had done everything it could within its constitutional powers to address the issue.

"This is not the end of the debate for equal rights for same sex couples."

The ACT Greens hope the Bill's passage will add momentum for equal rights across the nation.Gay rights activists say the spotlight is now focused on whether Prime Minister Kevin Rudd will intervene and overturn the new laws.

Reader's Comments

1. 2009-11-11 19:22  
As much as I would like to get excited about this....there is a fair chance Rudd will over turn it....He has previously stated his stance on this issue...so I guess we will have to wait and see what happans..
2. 2009-11-12 00:13  
i hope not!

go canberra! my home town! fuck rudd u cunt! let us fags be!
Comment #3 was deleted by its author on 2009-11-13 11:29
4. 2009-11-16 13:37  
Who is pulling PM Kevin Rudd's strings? He is obviously not a strong leader, and obviously serves his puppetiers well. In such a vast continent, with a sparce, and racially mixed population approximately equalling that of Taiwan, one would think that pragmatic logic and compassion would provide the impetus for the leaders of Australia to move toward equal human rights...why the snail's pace toward that end???

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