December 30th, 2003


gay registry in Tazmania

MICHAEL Carnes and Bob Lavis will make national history this week when they legally register as a gay couple in the state once considered a hotbed of homophobia.

As of January 1, Tasmania will be the first state in Australia - and one of only a handful in the world - to allow same-sex couples to register their relationship and gain full access to the medical, superannuation, carer and parental entitlements of heterosexual couples.

The sweeping reforms passed earlier this year by the Bacon Labor Government stand in sharp contrast to Tasmania's reputation as a place of little tolerance towards same-sex couples, with homosexuality deemed a criminal offence until just five years ago.

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