The Evermore Pledge is a new approach to same-sex ‘marriage’ that has been carried out in Australia for the first time.
Carly Naughton, 31, and Alee Fogarty, 28, from the Gold Coast in Queensland were the first couple in the country to ‘tie the knot’ using the new contract on July 1.
Though the couple aren’t considered ‘married’ in the eyes of the law, the Evermore Pledge is a legally-binding contract that closely mirrors the components of the Australian Marriage Act of 1961.
This awards Naughton and Fogarty (almost) equal legal rights and protections to any other married couple in areas of finance, child custody, next of kin, social security, superannuation and taxation.
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These are all the logistics automatically taken care of when a husband and wife sign on the dotted line to be married.
They are also the details left behind when a same-sex couple receives recognition in the form of a civil partnership.
“The only state that has civil partnership agreements enforceable as a contract in court is Victoria,” the Evermore Pledge website claims.
Importantly, the Evermore Pledge is not a new law, it simply calls upon existing laws to create a contract of partnership.