Fix This Death Certificate Debacle Now

pic from Australian Marriage Equality

David & Marco Bulmer-Rizzi  (Australian Marriage Equality)

Gerontologist Dr Jo Harrison cuts through the sloppy reporting, obfuscation,and political spin surrounding the case of David & Marco Bulmer-Rizzi, to detail what should have been done, what can be done right now, and what needs to be done going forward.

The priority should be enabling domestic partnerships to be reflected in death certificates, so that SA residents in same sex and opposite sex de facto relationships are protected, as they should have been in 2006.

The reporting and political spin around the whole debacle regarding the recognition of the UK marriage of the men visiting South Australia has been full of smoke and mirrors, obfuscation, passing the buck and shameful distraction.

The regulations attached to the SA Births, Deaths and Marriages Act are dated 2011.

This is long after the introduction of the Domestic Partnership recognition in SA in 2006, and the regulations here and here need to be urgently amended, through administrative process as outlined here, and not necessarily put to a vote, once tabled in parliament.

I note that the SA Law Reform Institute has included the Births Deaths and Marriages Registration Act in its audit, but NOT anything to do with amending the regulations to reflect domestic partnerships on death certificates: see here.

The Bill currently before parliament needs to include this, as a matter of urgency. Alternatively the regulations need to be amended as soon as possible. Or both.

The priority here should be enabling domestic partnerships to be reflected in death certificates, so that SA residents in same sex and opposite sex de facto relationships are protected, as they should have been in 2006.

Ten years of this neglect and inconsistency. Unbelievable. I urge Rainbow Labor and all those who care about this to contact the Premier and the Attorney General to push for THIS in the first instance, as an immediate goal, to protect our elders and people living with terminal illnesses.

Focus on THIS – DOMESTIC PARTNERS ON DEATH CERTIFICATES, and get it fixed before more of us have to endure this humiliation.

We fought for domestic partnership recognition and got it. We should be insisting on those rights being FULLY enacted. NOW.

P.S. Here’s the Bill before SA parliament. Try to find a mention of this issue or anything related to death certificates. NONE.

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