Independent MP Bob Such introduced a Private Member’s Bill to the Lower House, saying it was not purely a “same-sex provision” but would be available to all couples looking for an alternative to marriage.
“Members shouldn’t conclude that because I’m introducing this that I am necessarily opposed to same-sex marriage, I am not,” Dr Such said.
“This arrangement is for two adult persons who are in a relationship as a couple … who may, irrespective of their gender, register their relationship as a civil partnership,” he said. “It will apply to heterosexual couples as well.”
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