Government overturns ACT gay union

Commonwealth wins gay union ban

THE federal government has used its powers to disallow the ACT’s same-sex
unions laws, Attorney-General Philip Ruddock said today.

Mr Ruddock said he and Territories Minister Jim Lloyd met Governor-General
Michael Jeffery this morning in Executive Council to invalidate the ACT’s
Civil Unions Act.

The Act would be invalid from midnight tonight. “The ACT civil relationships
ordinance has been disallowed,” Mr Ruddock said.

“During the course of the afternoon, that will be entered into the relevant
register and that means, in effect, that the legislative amendments
introduced to establish a civil arrangement for same-sex parties and others
in the ACT will no longer be law. “That’s the effect of the disallowance.”

I have tried writing a comment to this, but they all turn out angry and ranty and sounding very irrational. Best to say, that I am not pleased, although I am not surprised this has occcured. Such is life living under the Howard regime.


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