Back in December the ACT Government introduced a bill for same-sex couples’ civil unions, but it was put to the side when it seemed possible the federal Parliament would legalise same-sex marriage.
The bill is going to be reconsidered next month. It won’t be bringing any great changes – same-sex couples can already register civil partnerships in the ACT – but Attorney-General Simon Corbell believes it’s “another step closer to equality“.
Apparently, the only differences from past legislation are the creation of a ‘civil union celebrant’ who can make relationships legally binding, and only same-sex couples are included in the scheme.
The bill needs the ACT Greens’ approval to go through, seeing as the Liberals have already refused, and it seems unlikely that will happen.