In December the ACT announced it would be the first Australian jurisdiction to introduce civil unions. According to the chief minister, this would give same-sex couples rights identical to marriage. Unfortunately, this is not exactly true. This article explains the plusses as well as the minuses of civil unions and what the ACT unions will mean for same-sex couples in NSW.

Civil unions were first called registered partnerships and began in Denmark in 1989. In the 1990s several Euro

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