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SA to recognise LGBTIQ relationships

AAP logoAAP 22/09/2016

Legislation has gone before the South Australian parliament to establish a relationships register to better recognise the marriage overseas of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer couples.

The move was sparked by the case of a British tourist David Bulmer-Rizzi who died while holidaying in Adelaide in January only to have his marriage to his husband Marco not recognised on his death certificate.

Premier Jay Weatherill says he was horrified by what Marco and his family had to experience, with SA law not acknowledging the marriage.

"We had already started the process of removing discrimination from South Australian law and this ordeal reinforced the need to continue putting forward a raft of legislation," Mr Weatherill said.

If passed, the new laws will allow unmarried couples, whether in heterosexual or non-heterosexual relationships, to register their relationships and receive a certificate and will also specifically recognise the overseas marriages of LGBTIQ couples.

The government says this will ensure that people have a clear avenue to have relationships legally recognised and will make the process of seeking access to entitlements and to asserting their rights far simpler.

Mr Bulmer-Rizzi said he was happy with the changes which would allow for him to request for his husband's death certificate to be reissued with the correct marital status.

"Losing David and seeing our family not recognised in the midst of my darkness was devastating," he said.

He said the changes would allow him to fulfil the promise he made to David on their wedding day, to honour and respect him.

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