Honouring Many Relations of Love: Perspectives on Tasmania’s ‘Relationship Act’— compiled by Paul Levett


Due to decades of work by gay and lesbian people, in different parts of the world there is currently much debate about ways of acknowledging lesbian and gay relationships in similar ways to how heterosexual marriage is honoured. In Australia, just as the Federal Government is legislating to ensure that same-sex marriage cannot occur, the State Government of Tasmania has developed a novel approach to acknowledging relationships. This paper explains this approach and also contains a number of speeches given by members of lesbian and gay families in support of the Tasmanian legislation.