The majority of the populace do not register their marriages with government, thereby they are unable to obtain many benefits of being married, including certain legal rights such as inheritance. Marriage is still seen as a cultural and local issue that cannot be dealt with at a State or Federal level. The Supreme Court has provided rights to long-term live-in couples. The government does not need to legislate in the area of marriage beyond certain key legal rights, and homosexuals should also be given the same legal rights as a heterosexual live-in couples. I propose that we should create a new 'Hindu Family Act' to only cover the legal procedures that govern the benefits provided to live-in couples. It is essentially a condensed version of several acts, with rewording to ensure gender neutrality and support for homosexuals and transgenders. I listed the various acts and what I would change about them below: Hindu Marriage Act; at least 18 years old and of sound mind; ability to void relationship if thought to be 'forced'; judicial divorce and separation procedures. Domestic Violence Act; it should be extended to cover abuse against males, transgenders and homosexuals. Hindu Minority and Guardianship Act; a father and mother equally act as the guardian and have responsibility for the welfare of the child, until it is at least eighteen years old and also financially independent. Maternity Benefit Act; the right for a caretaker to take time off work to care for a newly born child that the person is responsible for. Hindu Succession Act; immediate family (partners, children) receive inheritance first, followed by extended family, regardless of gender. Hindu Adoption and Maintenance Act; simplified adoption requirements to any mentally sound man or woman who has a means to provide for the child; provide maintenance for males and any infirmed relative (including infirmed offspring above the age of majority). Hindu Discrimination Act; illegal to discriminate against a family member due to its gender, skin color, or sexuality. I propose that the spouse visa be replaced with a 'dependants visa' which is based purely on income to support the dependant (I note that even Saudi Arabia does not allow spouse visas for more than one wife.) so that multiple partners can be allowed for. It should therefore be possible to obtain visas for any dependants including parents and homosexuals. Hindu traditions can then be left to localities and temples to deal with. I was also thinking about dealing with certain caste related issues in the Act to but I'm not well informed on the subject to be able to discuss it well.