Gay register.

Deputy Lord Mayor, Gary Singer, is trying to set up a gay partner register in Victoria. It’s the closest gay couples can get to marriage in this country, and it would be a great step forward in beating down homophobia (hopefully!) How it works is like this – couples register their relationship which is legal and moral proof that they are in a committed relationship. Our rival city Sydney has had their register up since 2002 – if Sydney is open minded enough to have a gay register – so should we folks!
Singer is going to put the proposal to a committee on Tuesday. – Let’s hope it goes through, though Australian Family council spokesman Bill Muehlenberg said ‘Australians’ support male-woman marraiges not same sex marriages. Well, I support gay marriages and shock horror! I’m not gay AND I’m Australian. People like Muehlenberg has to get used to new Australian views and values – we aint’ in the closeted 50s anymore Mr!

7 Comments so far

  1. Colin (unregistered) on November 20th, 2006 @ 12:09 am

    I found this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Same-sex_marriage_in_Australia to be useful reading for anyone bothered about the issue of same sex marriage/registration

    From what I can tell, going over to Tasmania seems to be where the most liberal goodness is, if you’re homosexual.


  2. iceCube (unregistered) on November 20th, 2006 @ 2:06 am

    >>if Sydney is open minded enough to have a gay register – so should we folks!
    Hmmm… doesn’t that sort of defeat all logic? What if what they’re doing is wrong?

    Besides that who is going to decide if (or to what degree) homosexuality should be acceptable in a society at large? People can generally do whatever they want in their homes but accepting it at government level is different altogether. In a multicultural society this is decidedly not a piece of cake to resolve.

    …just my two cents.

    Cheers!


  3. Zara (unregistered) on November 20th, 2006 @ 4:14 pm

    Icehouse – if you are hetrosexual and meet the love of your life, and want to make it legal – you can do that. Why can’t homosexuals do the same? – And if they do put together a registers – who are they hurting? The bruised pride of a bunch of homophobic morons.
    I’ve seen a violent act of homophobia on my friend in the city before so I’m extremly passionate about this issue.


  4. iceCube (unregistered) on November 20th, 2006 @ 10:05 pm

    On the surface there doesn’t seem to be any problem with what you’re saying. But my point was who gets to decide if it should be publicly allowed? I mean if (and I’m not implying anything with this) a bunch of people say robbing a bank makes them feel normal, then do we just allow them to do it? Of course, I’m not linking robbery with homosexuality, but where exactly do we draw the line?

    If someone starts singing at the top of his voice in a packed theater, why do other people feel bad about it? He’s just exercising his rights, right? But commonsense tells us that at that particular time and place, other people’s rights outweight those of the man’s. You dig what I’m getting at? Its not just about the rights of homosexuals… its also about the rights of hetrosexuals, homophobes, etc.

    cheers!


  5. Reina (unregistered) on November 22nd, 2006 @ 8:06 am

    Rights of heterosexuals are not in the least affected if gay people can get married either. It doesn’t diminish the meaning of marriage – it enhances it. Enhances the idea that marriage is about the union of two people who love one another. For richer or poorer, through sickness and health – those vows about a union that can sustain anything. So why should the partners’ sexuality get in the way?

    The rights of homophobes? That’s the stupidest thing I’ve heard in a while. Sure, rights of homophobes, racists, chauvenists, bigots. Let’s celebrate the intolerance of mankind. woo.


  6. Laurie (unregistered) on November 29th, 2006 @ 1:08 pm

    What if one of ’em has an affair hetersexual couples do it

    all the time and they don’t always reregister their partners.

    This’s sending a bad message out!

    Laurie


  7. Laurie (unregistered) on November 29th, 2006 @ 1:11 pm

    To clear things up if homosexual couples have to register

    so do heterosexual couples thi will include all dalliances.

    Laurie



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