Mon Nov 23, 2009
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'Prejudiced' Rudd demands watering down of ACT laws
This media release was issued by Equal Love Canberra on 24.11.09.Equal rights activists are furious that the Rudd Government has vowed to override the ACT's new civil union laws as they currently stand, and have urged the Stanhope Government to stand by its electoral mandate to keep official ceremonies. The developments come ahead of nationwide rallies this weekend (details below) calling for full marriage equality in response to a Senate report due this week.
ACT Chief Minister Jon Stanhope met with Federal Attorney-General Robert McClelland yesterday to discuss the recent addition of official ceremonies to civil union laws. Mr Stanhope said he would give "serious consideration" to Mr McClelland's demands. Negotiations will continue about how the laws should be amended.
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