Relationships Bill passes 2nd reading

The Relationships (Statutory References) Bill passed its second reading last night 75-45. I don’t have the vote split but would welcome it from anyone who does have it.

The Select Committee seem to have done a good job of fixing the major flaw, which was little differentation between de facto couples and civil unions or marriages. In fact one of the advantages of the civil unions is that by providing a “half-way house” it allows us to better differentiate de facto couples from couples who do make a formal commitment.

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