Australian PM Kevin Rudd Says He Won’t Overrule Civil Unions

The Australian Capital Territory’s (ACT) two previous attempts to introduce civil unions failed because former Prime Minister John Howard’s government used its power to deny them.

RuddRecently-elected Prime Minister Kevin Rudd says he won’t do the same, leaving it to the individual regions to determine the matter. Said Rudd: “On these matters, state and territories are answerable to their own jurisdictions.”

The Age reports: “This is despite Labor telling the Christian lobby before the election it ‘did not support legislation to recognise same-sex marriage or civil unions’. Labor’s federal platform is to support a nationally consistent system of relationship registers. Registers are less controversial than civil unions because they don’t involve a ceremony, which Christian groups view as being too close to a wedding. Relationship registers are already in use in Tasmania and are being introduced in Victoria.”

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