Thursday, 4 September 2008

Govt introduces same-sex legislation

Legislation to end discrimination for same-sex couples under Commonwealth law has been introduced in Federal Parliament.

The changes create equality for gay couples in the areas of social security, veterans affairs, medicare, tax and educational assistance.

Laws ending discrimination in superannuation were tabled earlier this year.

Attorney-General Robert McClelland says it is historic legislation.

"This bill amends some 68 Commonwealth laws which involve 19 Government departments." he said.

"It will not only remove discrimination against same-sex couples, they also remove discrimination against their families and most specifically their children."

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