Legislation has been introduced to parliament by the South Australian government that would establish a relationships register to better recognise LGBTIQ couples, including those married overseas.
The move is in response to British tourist David Bulmer-Rizzi’s death while honeymooning in Adelaide in January.
His overseas marriage to husband Marco Bulmer-Rizzi was not recorded on his death certificate because South Australian law at the time did not recognise the union, “devastating” Mr Bulmer-Rizzi and his family.
SA Premier Jay Weatherill said he was horrified by what Mr Bulmer-Rizzi had to experience.
“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 including the Relationships Register Bill 2016, to address this important issue,” Mr Weatherill said.
If passed, all unmarried couples will be able to register their relationships and receive a certificate of registration.
The certificates will make the process of seeking access to entitlements and asserting couples’ rights, including in medical situations, much simpler.
As part of the register, overseas marriages of LGBTIQ couples would also be legally recognised.
The legislation will allow David Bulmer-Rizzi’s death certificate be reissued with the correct marital status allowing Marco Bulmer-Rizzi “to feel that I have fulfilled the promise I gave him on our wedding day to honour and respect him,” he said.
“My marriage to David was the happiest and single most defining moment of my life,” he said.
“Losing David and seeing our family not recognised in the midst of my darkness was devastating.
“I feel like this will bring some sort of closure to me and that David will hopefully be proud.”