ACT allows civil partnership ceremonies

ACT Attorney-General, Simon Corbell has welcomed a Legislative Assembly decision to pass the Civil Partnerships Act 2008, to ensure legal recognition of civil partnership ceremonies for same sex couples.

"This is a bill that brings an important balance into the ACT between gay and lesbian relationships and heterosexual relationships," Mr Corbell said.

"The Bill amends the Civil Partnerships Act to allow same sex couples to take part in a legally binding ceremony to recognise their civil partnership, and this has been agreed to in the Assembly," he said.

Other amendments moved by the Government make it clear that, if a civil partnership is entered into by making declarations to a notary, then the partnership has effect on that date. If the civil partnership is registered without any ceremony, then it has effect on the day of registration.

12 November, 2009

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