Media Release: Monday, 23 October, 2006

Jon Stanhope’s proposed re-hash of the civil unions act will still mimic marriage, according to Jim Wallace, Managing Director of the Australian Christian Lobby.

“It seems that all Mr Stanhope will do is change the name from civil union to civil partnership,” said Mr Wallace. “This means the proposed legislation would still equate a civil partnership with marriage.”

“All practical discrimination against same sex couples at territory level has already been removed. The proposed legislation is simply a platform for Jon Stanhope to promote himself as a civil libertarian, to detract attention from issues of real importance to most Canberrans such as rate rises, schools and hospitals,” continued Mr Wallace.

“ACL calls on the Federal Government to continue to oppose any legislation at state or territory level which mimics marriage.”

Contact: Jim Wallace