Chasing the Marriage Certificate: Running the Right Way?

The campaign for the legal recognition of the marriages of queer couples has entered a strange place since the inequalities in Australian relationship laws between same-sex and heterosexual couples were largely removed by the federal government in legislation that came into full effect in June 2009. The campaign is now entirely centred upon the marriage certificate, the one legal benefit given to heterosexuals but not queers. But that certificate will entail no new rights for its queer bearers beyond the possession of that piece of paper.
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