Howard said he did not intend to allow the institution of marriage "to
be in any way undermined," saying that there is "a special place” in
Australia for marriage “as historically understood,” reported the BBC.
the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) introduced a bill on same-sex
civil unions last week. If the legislation is passed, it will be the
first such law in Australia, but the federal government can overturn
Philip Ruddock added that if is “quite inappropriate” if the ACT
authorities “seek to portray civil unions as a marriage."
"It suggests to
people who might be interested in civil union that what they have is a
marriage, when in fact it is not," he stated.
Australian law formally defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman.
.- Australia’s Prime Minister John Howard has said he will oppose any new laws legalizing same-sex unions.