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Southern Star – "Victorian Couples Recognised" by Andie Noonan

December 3, 2008 Leave a comment


After sharing eight years and one son together, Rodney Cruise and Jeff Chiang are finally an official couple in the eyes of  the law.

Cruise and Chiang were among the first couples to take advantage of the Victorian Relationships Register, which opened this week and will allow same-sex couples to formally register their unions.

With 23-month-old son Ethan in their arms, the pair registered at the Victorian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages on Monday, the register’s first day, with three other same-sex couples.

Victorian Parliament passed laws earlier this year to allow unmarried heterosexual and same-sex domestic partners to formalise their relationships with a registry scheme.

Registration will now provide conclusive proof of a domestic relationship under Victorian law.

The Victorian scheme mirrors those operating in the ACT and Tasmania .

Cruise told Southern Star it was an important step on the road to what he and his partner hope will be the right to marry.

Cruise said the two decided to formalise their union for both practical and symbolic reasons.

“If one of us died, I don’t want to be having to prove the person just buried is my partner to disbelieving public servants or banks or whoever,” he said.

“It’s really important knowing our family will be recorded in official government documents.

“The historic nature of it is that gay families are recognised for the first time. We are a recognised part of the community.”

Although there are no planned festivities, the couple celebrated their anniversary with a recent trip to Japan, and, more importantly for Ethan, a trip to Disneyland.

Deputy Premier and Attorney-General Rob Hulls launched the scheme, saying it was a significant day for those who cannot or don’t wish to marry, to have their relationship respected.

“This will make it easier for couples to access their rights under Victorian law and provide certainty to their legal obligations, without having to argue repeatedly that they are in a committed partnership or to have to prove this in court,” he said.

Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission CEO, Dr Helen Szoke welcomed couples to the first day of registration.

Registering couples need to be 18 years or older, live in Victoria and not be married or in another domestic relationship already registered in Victoria.

Registering a relationship will cost $180, with additional costs for a registration certificate.


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MCV – "Couples Register their Love"

December 3, 2008 Leave a comment


Same-sex couples lined up to register their relationships at the Victorian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages on Monday.

The Brumby Government’s new Relationships Register was launched by Deputy Premier and Attorney-General Rob Hulls, who said it provided couples who did not want to marry or who were unable to do so with formal recognition of their committed relationship.

John Edie and his partner, Adam, were among those couples who registered their relationship on Monday.

“It’s wonderful that the state of Victoria is now recognising same-sex relationships, and it was exciting to be among the first couples at this morning’s launch,” Edie told MCV.

“Being a New Zealander, where we’ve had the Civil Union Bill for a number of years, it’s nice to see Australia starting to catch up, and this is an important step. I would encourage all those Victorian couples in committed relationships to show support for the Register, by going in and registering.”

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Jacky & Ethan with Ice Cream

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Ethan Kai Chiang-Cruise – Born Today 03 January 2007

January 3, 2007 Leave a comment

Ethan Kai Chiang-Cruise, the son of Wen-Hui (Jeff) Chiang-Cruise and Rodney Chiang-Cruise, was born at 1.15 pm on Wednesday, 3 January 2007 at the Barberton Citizens Hospital in Barberton, Ohio, USA. Ethan weighed in at 7lb 14.5oz and was 22in in length. His birth was not easy and required a little intervention, but both Ethan and Kelly are fine and healthy. We have been on an amazing and complex journey to get to this point. It hasn’t always been easy, but as any new parent would agree, in the end it was all worth it. Ethan is our new son, part of our family. A dream come true. To Kelly, Mike, McKenzie, Nicole, Ethan, Doctor Peter Sutter,and all the wonderful Nursing Staff at Barberton Citizens Hospital you have our thanks and gratitude. Thank you for helping us have a family. Rodney and Jeff.