South Australia has taken the first steps to make the state more inclusive for its LGBTI community.
The first in a series of bills, on the back of recommendations from the South Australian Law Reform Institute (SALRI), has been passed into law.
The Statutes Amendment (Gender Identity and Equity) Bill 2016 changes the language used in South Australian law to remove gender bias and ensure that gender identities, including transgender and intersex, are captured in state legislation.
The Bill will also remove language in legislation that has the potential to discriminate against people based on their relationship status.
A recommendation to allow same-sex couples with children to be recognised on a child’s birth certificate was another of many changes mooted in the comprehensive SALRI review process.
Premier Jay Weatherill (pictured) said South Australia had a celebrated track record for dedication to achieving equality and fairness for all of its citizens.
“As a modern society, we have a responsibility to ensure that all people are treated equally, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or intersex status and this bill is a big step forward in helping us achieve this,” he said.
Mr Weatherill vowed to continue bringing bills based on the SALRI reviews to Parliament for its consideration.