A new national survey of GLBT people’s views and experiences of relationship recognition has the potential to be a powerful new lobbying tool for advocates for marriage equality or civil unions.

Now that de facto recognition is almost fully implemented in all states, territories and federally, a team of researchers at the University of Queensland has begun asking whether further recognition would make a difference in how gay relationships are treated by families, friends and society.

This is the first survey conducted since the federal de facto recognition has come into play, and the first at a national level asking the GLBT community about their views, Not So Private Lives researcher Sharon Dane said.

We already have 800 participants, and the survey will run for at least another three months.

There have been several state-specific surveys of the community’s relationship recognition needs, such as the NSW Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby’s 2007 report All Love Is Equal… Isn’t It. But there have been mixed opinions on whether the new de facto equality will satisfy the community’s needs or inspire a push for stronger recognition.

The results of the survey are expected in six months.

To take the survey visit www.notsoprivatelives.com

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