Star observer reports:

South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill will apologise to the state’s sexual and gender diverse community for past discriminatory laws in parliament next month.

The gesture comes in light of a number of bills currently up for debate in the upper house that, if passed, will amend much of the offending legislation.

This includes laws that will make it easier for people to change the gender on their birth certificate and for same-sex couples to jointly adopt.

Weatherill said the apology will be important to many.

 

Four pieces of legislation will shortly be debated in the upper house.

The Births, Deaths, and Marriages amendment bill will make it easier for South Australians to change the gender on their birth certificate.

The Relationships Register bill will allow unmarried same-sex couples and same-sex couples who married overseas to have their relationships legally recognised in South Australia.

The Statutes Amendment bill will extend access to lawful surrogacy agreements to non-heterosexual couples.

And same-sex couples will be given the right to adopt a child in South Australia under changes to the Adoption Act.