Right to choose next of kin
ROLF Grubwinkler completely missed the point with his thoughts on same sex marriage (The Star, September 20). We are supposed to vote on whether same sex couples should be allowed to enter into a legally binding agreement via marriage and not to use this opportunity to go out of our way to discuss and condemn same sex relationships. Even if every single Aussie was a nay-sayer, this would not change the fact that same sex couples can raise children and live in relationships with the same rights and obligations as any other defacto couple.
Some people may not be aware, that while defacto relationships come with rights and obligations, the term 'next of kin' is not legally defined in Australia and may not apply to defacto couples depending on who does the interpretation.
There are occasions when this matters a lot.
We should not deny anybody the right to chose legally binding their next of kin, the person they trust to make decisions on their behalf should they no longer be able to do so, and even after they have departed this world.
— Renate Hottmann-Schaefer Sandgate