The Australian Christian Lobby has received a letter from the Office of the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie MP in Queensland confirming the purpose of changes to the Civil Partnerships Act 2011.
On the 22nd of June, the Queensland Parliament passed amendments to the Civil Partnerships Act 2011, renaming it the Registered Relationships Act 2011. The amendments were effective from the 27th of June.
Last year the Labor Government passed the Civil Partnerships Bill. The ACL argued that the legislation was a rushed attempt to influence a vote at the Labor National Conference which was expected (and subsequently did) discuss policy on gay marriage. The legislation was an attempt to mimic marriage with its state sanctioned ceremony.
The amendments to the Registered Relationships Act 2011 remove these marriage-mimicking ideas whilst still ensuring no legal discrimination against same-sex couples. As the Attorney-General's office put it in a letter to the ACL:
"The amendments strike a sensible balance between preserving the institution of marriage as a life long commitment between a man and a woman under the Marriage Act 1961 (Cth), while still retaining the relationship registration scheme to allow an adult couple to register their relationship to gain legal recognition of their status, primarily for medical and financial purposes. It is important to note that 'marriage' is the jurisdictional responsibility of the Federal Government, not the State. The LNP continues to oppose same sex marriage."
These changes are supported by the Australian Christian Lobby. The ACL believes homosexual couples should be able to share finance and property with one another so long as marriage and biological parenthood is protected.