After four years of dating, former police officer Terry Harvey and his DJ boyfriend Man Lie are eager to have their relationship registered — for legal and personal reasons.

“We’ve been in a committed relationship now for a long time — something that’s rare nowadays — and this is a way of showing it,” Harvey told Sydney Star Observer.

The couple, who are not so concerned about the register’s lack of ceremonial options, are more interested in the ability to protect themselves.

“Personally, we’re not so interested in accessing marriage. All we want is to be able to protect our rights, and to be sure that we have the same rights as anyone else,” Harvey said.

“It’s perhaps a bit dark, but I suppose this would be more important to our relationship when things go wrong.

“I want to ensure that [Man Lie] has access to all his rights in the event that I get sick or something happens.

“I used to work as a police officer, and I’ve seen it too many times — same-sex couples being denied access to their partner after an accident. I don’t want that to happen.”

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