Thu Apr 02, 2009
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Equality advocates welcome Swedish marriage decision / Civil unions rejected as substitute for marriage
This media release was issued by Australian Marriage Equality on 2.4.09.Australia's marriage equality advocates have welcomed Sweden's decision to allow same-sex marriage.
Australian Marriage Equality national convener, Peter Furness, said seven nations and two US states now permit same-sex couples to marry, leaving Australia further behind than ever.
"What is particularly important about the Swedish decision is that the pre-existing civil union scheme is seen as an unequal, unfair and second-best alternative to full marriage", Mr Furness said.
"The decision confirms our view that civil unions are no substitute for full marriage equality."
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