Media Release: Friday, 12 May, 2006



The Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) is calling on the federal government to show its resolve and overturn the new ACT Civil Unions Act, which still equates a civil union with a marriage. The ACT Legislative Assembly passed the Civil Unions Act last night.



Jim Wallace, Managing Director of ACL, was disappointed by Mr Stanhope’s amendments to the original Civil Unions Bill. The amended Act states that a ‘civil union is not a marriage but is to be treated as such for all purposes under Territory law.’



“Mr Stanhope has legislated for same sex marriage in all but name,” said Mr Wallace.  “We now have a Territory relationship that is not a marriage but is to be treated as one anyway, which involves exactly the same processes that create a marriage. The amendments are a transparent and unsuccessful attempt to deal with conflicts between this legislation and the federal Marriage Act.”



Mr Wallace continued, “ACL calls on the federal government to show its resolve and overturn the Territory’s blatant attempt to create its own alternative marriage laws for same sex couples in Australia.”



Contact: David Yates