AUSTRALIA RECOGNISES GAY UNIONS

News24 reports:

2009-08-01 12:33

Sydney – Australia’s centre-left ruling party on Saturday voted for national recognition of same-sex unions but stopped short of lifting a ban on gay marriage.

The national Labour conference voted to develop a system for the registration and recognition of same-sex relationships, after gay rights advocates failed to gather enough numbers for a resolution to legalise gay marriage.

But frontbencher Anthony Albanese told delegates while it was not his "ideal position", the watered-down resolution was an important reflection of shifting public attitudes.

"History is moving forward on these issues," said Albanese, presenting the motion for vote.

"When I first proposed equality for same-sex couples in superannuation in 1997 that was a controversial issue. Today that is an issue of consensus."

Unstoppable equality

"I believe that the issue of equality for all is something that is unstoppable," he added, prompting wild applause.

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd won the 2007 election on a platform that supported the former conservative government’s legal definition of marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

Rudd, who considers himself a moderate Christian, said earlier this week that he "fully respected" the integrity of same-sex relationships but would not change Labour’s ban on gay marriage.

His government has moved a raft of legislation to remove same-sex discrimination from almost 100 national laws, in areas such as pensions, tax and employment.

Thousands of people held rallies and demonstrations across the nation as the vote was held, calling on Labour to legalise gay marriage.

Protesters marched through Sydney’s central business district to the harbourside conference venue, many in tuxedos and white gowns, to stage a mass "illegal wedding" stunt.

A recent poll suggested up to 60% of Australians supported gay marriage and the statistics bureau in May announced it would count same-sex couples who declared themselves married in the national census.

– SAPA

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One response to “AUSTRALIA RECOGNISES GAY UNIONS

  1. IRMA MYBURGH

    EK IS SELF IN N GAY HUWELIK EN GENIET ELKE OOMBLIK DAARVAN. ONS HET TWEE “INPLANT” KINDERTJIES, EN ONS IS N NORMALE FAMILIE WAT BAIE LIEF IS VIR MEKAAR. EK DINK DIT SAL WONDERLIK WEES AS ALMAL NET UIT HULLE KASSIES SAL KLIM… EK SAL MY LEWE NIE VIR DIE WERELD VERRUIL NIE.

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