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Civil unions steady after laws wound back
Gay and lesbian Queenslanders have continued to register their relationships despite the LNP Government’s watering down of civil partnership laws.
Last month The Australian newspaper revealed figures showing around 115 couples had registered their relationships each month since the laws were introduced by the former Bligh Government.
The civil union laws came into effect in February last year with registrations peaking at 331 couples in March. Just months later in June, the newly-elected Liberal National Government wound back the laws to remove any ceremonial factors to the registrations so they could not be perceived to “mimic marriage”.
In August, registrations fell to 93 but returned to about 115 the next month and then reached a new high of 146 relationships in November.
Victoria and NSW have similar registers to Queensland although the ACT and Tasmania do allow couples to have a ceremony.