South Australian independent MP Bob Such has announced plans to introduce civil partnership legislation into state Parliament later this year. The move follows the recent defeat of same-sex marriage legislation at the federal level, which many saw as clearing the way for a state-based push for marriage equality.
Such acknowledges civil unions are not the “ideal” outcome for legal recognition of same-sex relationships, but has been encouraged by LGBTI advocacy groups hoping for a step closer to full marriage equality.
“I think there is a chance that civil unions would get some support,” Such told the Herald Sun.
“It gives some recognised status in terms of their relationship as a couple.”
He believes same-sex marriage legislation would likely be blocked by a combination of Liberal MPs and those from Labor’s Right faction.
Earlier this year, Such introduced a bill to legalise voluntary euthanasia, which was narrowly defeated by a conscience vote in the Lower House.