Australia’s center-right political party, the Coalition, has promised government funded $200 voucher for couples who register their ‘intention to marry,’ even to same-sex couples who currently lack the legal right to marry.
This policy would extend to same-sex couples despite the fact the party does not support same-sex marriage.
In the lead up to the Australian prime ministerial election on September 7th, the Liberal-National party, members of the Coalition, devised the ‘relationship voucher’ plan to help “encourage marriage and resilience in couple relationships.”
The party, led by Tony Abbott has said “couples can use this voucher before or after their wedding to choose the service that best suits their needs, be it one which assists in developing communication skills, conflict resolution, financial management, parenting skills, or for counseling services if problems arise in a marriage.”
When asked whether the ‘relationship vouchers’ extended to same sex couples, a source from Abbott’s office told blogger Jaqueline Maley “the money can be recouped by same-sex couples as well as straight couples.” As pointed out by Maley “Obviously same-sex couples won’t be getting pre-marital counseling, per se, because they can’t get legally married yet. But they can use the $200 towards relationship counseling. “
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