Gain for homosexual immigration rights


Federal regulations giving legal recognition to homosexual relationships in immigration for the first time came into effect on April 15. Australia thus joins a handful of countries (New Zealand, Denmark, the Netherlands, Norway) which acknowledge the basic human right of gay and lesbian residents to remain in their own country, living with the partner of their choice, regardless of nationality.

Between 1985 and 1989, there was a cumbersome and protracted method of granting residence to foreign homosexual partners, based on the minister exercising his/her discretionary powers over compassionate and humanitarian applications. In late 1989, this mechanism was lost in a major overhaul of immigration regulations.

The regulations introduced on April 15 do not grant equality with heterosexuals, but the new conditions are roughly similar to those for heterosexual de facto applicants. They create a category of "relationships of emotional interdependency" outside of family links, which includes gay couples without being exclusive to them.

Many gay and lesbian couples, within Australia and overseas, have been anxiously awaiting the introduction of this regulation. For detailed information, couples can contact the GLITF by writing to GPO Box 415, Sydney 2001, or by attending the weekly advice session held at 72-74 Oxford Street, second floor, on Mondays at 7.30 p.m.
[Drawn from Sydney Star Observer.]

If you like our work, become a supporter

Green Left is a vital social-change project and aims to make all content available online, without paywalls. With no corporate sponsors or advertising, we rely on support and donations from readers like you.

For just $5 per month get the Green Left digital edition in your inbox each week. For $10 per month get the above and the print edition delivered to your door. You can also add a donation to your support by choosing the solidarity option of $20 per month.

Freecall now on 1800 634 206 or follow the support link below to make a secure supporter payment or donation online.