alasta: If marriage is about property rights and power of attorney then same sex and multiple partner marriage makes sense, but isn't particularly necessary as there are other legal avenues available to achieve this.
This law is about giving same sex partners all of the same rights (Including the name) that heterosexual partners enjoy under the current Marriage Act. There is NO other legislation, or combination of, that can afford the same rights. Equal rights under law can ONLY be achieved by this change to the legislation.
Regardless of whether this bill passes or not I have no doubt that this issue will continue to cause anger and division until we can have a proper grass roots reform of the Marriage Act, rather than a sloppy piece of legislation which pushes a particular narrow agenda but ignores the big picture.
I'm not sure what you mean 'sloppy piece of legislation which pushes a particular narrow agenda but ignores the big picture'.
What is this 'big picture' we are missing? Please enlighten me.