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Historic Day: Queensland’s first civil unions registered

Sixteen gay and lesbian couples have had their relationships legally recognised within the first hour of civil unions being available in Queensland.

ABC news has the story:

The Civil Partnerships Act came into effect in Queensland today, granting same-sex couples legal rights and bringing the state into line with Tasmania, Victoria, New South Wales and the ACT.

The two Johns, who met when they were eight and have been together since the age of 18, will be among the first to have their relationship formally recognised.

Mr Stafford says it is a step in the right direction.

“It’s an equality thing, and it’s nothing but an equality thing. The people who say that we are anti-family, well where do they think we came from?” he said.

“To do what we’ve done today doesn’t feel much different – we were always out, totally accepted by all of our friends and relatives,” Mr Ebert added.

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