Rudd Supports Gay Relationship Register

New Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd supports creation of a national relationships register for same-sex and nonsexual couples, he said Dec. 16.

“We believe that's an appropriate way to go,” Rudd said. “Our position has always been that marriage is between a man and a woman, and therefore that always will form the cornerstone of our view on these
matters. A relationships register … we believe is a positive and productive way forward.”

Rudd said the register should extend rights in areas such as taxes inheritance and social security.

Australia has had a national law banning same-sex marriage since 2004, courtesy of former Prime Minister John Howard.

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