The Italian Senate is set to debate a civil union bill next week that could enable the country to legally recognise same-sex relationships for the first time.
The reestablishment of an LGBTI community and government roundtable being held tomorrow in Brisbane hopes to determine the best means by which the community can raise their concerns directly with the government.
As the LGBTI community in Queensland celebrates the restoration of civil unions, many advocates and community members are asking what’s next for LGBTI issues and law reform in the Sunshine State. We speak to a few about what they would like to see happen next year.
The historic moment saw the Relationships (Civil Partnerships) and Other Acts Amendment Bill 2015 passed easily with 64 MPs voting in favour and 22 against.
While nothing is set in stone, civil unions has all the support it needs in Queensland Parliament to successfully pass through following the opposition’s decision to give its MPs a free vote.
As part of his party’s policy, Clive Palmer has announced that churches should have complete control over marriage, and those not wanting a religious marriage should get civil unions.
While the national marriage equality debate goes on (and on), public submissions into the Queensland Government’s plan to restore civil unions made the case as to why they remain an important issue for the state’s LGBTI community.