South Australian heterosexual and non-heterosexual couples are one step closer to having their relationships legally recognised following the introduction of a Bill to State Parliament today.
The Relationships Register Bill 2016 will allow lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) couples, and those who married overseas, to register their relationships.
The certificate or registration they receive will make it easier for them to seek access to entitlements and to assert their legal rights.
The Bill was introduced by Assistant Minister to the Premier, Katrine Hildyard following the Premier’s commitment to amend the state’s laws after British tourist David Bulmer-Rizzi died in January.
David passed away while honeymooning in Adelaide and his marriage to husband Marco Bulmer-Rizzi was not recorded on his death certificate. This meant Marco had little say in the arrangements following his husband’s death.
Premier Jay Weatherill said the Bill provides a mechanism for LGBTIQ couples to demonstrate their shared commitment. “It demonstrates a respect for the many diverse relationships in our community and promotes a more inclusive society in South Australia,” said Mr Weatherill.
“I am so proud to introduce this Bill today on behalf of the Premier. I hope that couples like David and Marco do not have to ever go through the difficult situation of not having their relationship recognised at a time of great loss,” said Ms Hildyard.
The Bill will be debated in Parliament over the next month. It is the latest piece of State legislation introduced to Parliament that aims to make SA’s laws as inclusive as possible following a review by the South Australian Law Reform Institute.
This review identified 140 pieces of legislation that discriminate on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity and made recommendations to address this.