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Australia Provides Couple Rights

Timothy Kincaid

November 24th, 2008

We told you in April about efforts by the Australian government to enact some protections for same-sex couples. It now appears that it has done so.

Today the Senate passed changes to a number of laws that would allow same-sex couples the same rights as de-facto couples. Additionally, they revised superannuation laws which allow couples to leave entitlements their partner or children.

“Today is an historic day,” said NSW Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby spokesperson Peter Johnson yesterday. “The Australian Senate has finally and firmly given its nod to equality for our relationships and families. Our partners and our children can look forward to equality in almost all areas of federal law, from taxation to health and aged care, from immigration to family law.

The legislation must now be approved by the lower house, which is considered a formality. The Labor government, however, still remains strongly opposed to marriage and civil unions for same-sex couples or other forms of recognition that include a ceremony.

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KZ
November 24th, 2008 | LINK

I can see Former Prime Minister John Howard tearing the remains of his hair out. LOL!

Mark F.
November 25th, 2008 | LINK

“The Labor government, however, still remains strongly opposed to marriage and civil unions for same-sex couples or other forms of recognition that include a ceremony.”

Screw you, Labor.

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