Finally! Years after same-sex couples have been given legal recognition in places like New Zealand, the UK, The Netherlands, Canada, Spain, and even some US states, Victoria looks set to be the second state in Australia after Tasmania to push aside legal discrimination against same-sex couples.
Gay and lesbian couples will soon be able to register their relationships with a government department and have certain rights protected. This is anticipated to give same-sex couples the same protections as opposite-sex couples in the areas of inheritance, being able to make medical decisions for their partner and superannuation to name a few. It isn't known yet how far the Government is willing to go in removing all discrimination, such as the right to adopt children.
Congratulations to Steve Bracks' Labor Government for finally seeing that discrimination has no basis in our society.