Monday, May 5, 2008

Federal intervention in same-sex ceremonies move 'disappointing'

Another senior member of the ACT Labor Party has lashed out at the Rudd Government over their attitude towards same-sex partnerships.

The Federal Government's threat to intervene if the ACT allowed gay couples to hold legally recognised ceremonies has forced the ACT Government to back down.

Chief Minister Jon Stanhope says the attitude of the Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and the Attorney-General Robert McClelland is no different to their predecessors John Howard and Philip Ruddock.

ACT Education Minister Andrew Barr says that is a fair assessment.

He says it seems gay people are tolerated and accepted but have not been embraced as full citizens.

"I've never been so disappointed in the Labor Party as I am today," he said.

"But we've got to move on, we've taken a step forward and let's recognise that and this fight will go on for years ahead I'm sure."


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