Liberal senators have again pushed for a plan to invalidate existing and planned state and territory relationship registers.

The petition tabled by Queensland Senator Sue Boyce called on marriage to be limited to heterosexual couples who can produce children in a way morally acceptable to God.

The establishing of relationship registers in the states and territories will inevitably expand [this] definition of marriage into meaninglessness, and so compromise the purpose of the Marriage Act, the petition read.

Several similar petitions have been offered by Liberal senators Mitch Fifield and Rod Kemp in recent months. None have carried more than a handful of signatures.

Registers for same-sex couples are only available in Tasmania, Victoria and the ACT. NSW Attorney-General John Hatzistergos has ruled out NSW following suit, declaring it more appropriately handled at a federal level.

The Rudd Government has indicated its desire for relationship registers to be introduced at a state level, rather than under federal legislation.

The registers have yet to make the agenda of the Standing Committee of Attorneys-General, which would facilitate negotiation towards national consistency.

Boyce was recently responsible for establishing the 30 September reporting date for the Senate inquiries into the Rudd Government’s equality bills.

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