Relationship declaration register thing of the past

The City of Melbourne has ceased its first-of-its-kind relationship declaration register following the legalisation of same sex marriagae.

The council established the register in 2007 to provide civic recognition of all relationships, including same sex couples.

This register served the purpose of recognising gay relationships before the same sex marriage reform was introduced last year.

The council has now ceased this register, while recognising that it had served the gay community.

“It was a way that the City of Melbourne would recognise same sex marriages when other levels of government were not doing so,” Acting Lord Mayor Arron Wood said.

“It has been an important public policy in the City of Melbourne,” he said.

Cr Philip Le Liu, who initiated the motion, also asked for the register to be part of the City of Melbourne’s heritage collection.

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