The ACT is poised to become the first Australian state or territory to offer unions to same-sex couples after its parliament passed a controversial Civil Union Bill last night.The amended bill, which would allow same-sex and opposite-sex couples to form unions, passed with the backing of the majority Labor government after about five hours of debate.Openly gay Labor parliamentarian Andrew Barr said the bill would bring “respect and dignity” to gay and lesbian Canberrans.”We are n

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