21 January 2016 - Australian authorities refuse to recognise same-sex marriage of man who died on honeymoon
Marco Bulmer-Rizzi reveals 'humiliation' of seeing 'never married' on husband David's death certificate
David Bulmer-Rizzi, 32, died after falling down the stairs at a friend's house in Adelaide — the last stop on his holiday with husband Marco.
Because South Australia does not recognise same-sex marriages from overseas, their marriage was not initially recorded on David's death certificate and Mr Bulmer-Rizzi was not recognised as next of kin.
"It was a personal attack on David, on our memories, it was the most humiliating moment of my life," Mr Bulmer-Rizzi told 7.30.
(Sky News, 21/01/2016)
The decision comes after a British man was refused next-of-kin status when his husband died after falling down stairs in Adelaide while on their honeymoon.
Premier Jay Weatherill has apologised to Marco Bulmer-Rizzi and the government hopes to reissue the death certificate which reads never married.
Marriage will be recognized
Elle Hunt (The Guardian, 21/01/2016)
The British high commission has said an English man who died while on honeymoon in Adelaide will be registered as married on his death certificate, after the South Australian premier apologised for the “awfully insensitive” treatment of his widower.
Charity worker David Bulmer-Rizzi, 32, died after a fall while on honeymoon with husband Marco, 38, in Adelaide. Though the couple, from Sunderland, had married in London last year, Marco Bulmer-Rizzi was told David’s death certificate would state “never married” and he was not recognised as next of kin.
The state’s premier, Jay Weatherill, gave Bulmer-Rizzi his personal guarantee that his husband’s death certificate would be reissued with his correct marital status, and that legislation would be passed to recognise overseas same-sex marriages in South Australia.
Joel Meares (Brisbane Times, 21/01/2016)
There is a school of thought that says that white, middle-class "first world" gay men don't have a lot to be angry about any more. And as a white, middle-class, "first world" gay man, I often find myself sympathising.
I stepped out from the closet on the heels of those who had worked incredibly hard to ensure I wouldn't stumble while I did.
They had run from bars in fear during violent police raids and read newspaper accounts of their mates being hunted down on clifftops. They had lost jobs for being who and what they were; they had been shredded and stigmatised by disease.
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