Brazil's Supreme Court just ruled in favor of recognizing same-sex unions, unanimously too.
Why are we still arguing about this here in Australia, where the ACT is the only place to recognise same-sex unions here. This is what the wiki page has to say about it (Also see). To me it seems like a question of basic human rights, and currently we're denying same-sex couples the same right to unions recognised by the law as other couples receive.
Since 1994 the ACT has had the Domestic Relationships Act 1994 becoming the first jurisdiction in Australia to "acknowledge same-gender couples legally". This provided for distribution of property and finances in the event of a separation, and inheritance in the event of death. On 16 August 2003, The ACT enacted laws relating to same-sex adoption.
|Where our states and territories |
currently stand on same-sex unions
"We believe the marriage act is appropriate in its current form, that is recognising that marriage is between a man and a woman, but we have as a government taken steps to equalise treatment for gay couples," - PM Julia Gillard.
There's no reason for us to keep holding back on this one, the rest of the world are getting there, including even backward Christian dominated America, which currently has gay marriage in a number of states. Time to pull our thumbs out and stop pandering to the moronic supernatural agenda of the christian groups and support equal rights for all!