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Thursday, 03 September 2015 17:08

Port Hedland Joined The List Of Australian Cities Which Formally Recognize Same-Sex Couples

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While the discussion on marriage equality continues in Australia, there is a small city in the country which has decided to recognize, despite everything, same-sex couples.

Indeed, the City Council of Port Hedland voted a few days ago (6-2) for the establishment of a relationship declaration register for all couples, including same-sex couples.

«Tonight was a significant step forward for equality,» Port Hedland Mayor Kelly Howlett said in a statement.

«I am proud of our progressive council which is leading the way and doing what it can do to recognize all relationships – same-sex and heterosexual.»

While this does not replace marriage, couples can at least be formally recognized.

Howlette also said that this recording «may be used in legal proceedings that involve interpretation or application of legislative provisions… particularly around wills, medical treatment and burials.»

Port Hedland is not the only city to offer this register since the cities of Vincent, Sydney, Melbourne and Yarra City Council also offer it.

Photo by Giulio Saggin/ABC News

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