We shouldn’t be distracted by the news from Tasmania – the religious right will have their day in court and they have the constitution on their side.
Because marriage means different things to different people, the symbolism of marriage shouldn’t be written into our laws. Our laws need to be written to give each individual the freedom to bring their own symbolism to marriage.
The boys from the Adshel controversy (and incidentally two of our strongest supporters) have partnered, in a civilised manner, formalising their marriage-type relationship. They were the first gay-male couple to register their civil partnership in Queensland.