I gotta say, when I heard about the City of Melbourne attempting to enact a “Relationship Declaration Register” I was kind of impressed and happy to join the people who support it… but then I got to reading and knowing that this will in fact JUST be a list of the gays, I no longer wanted to be a part of it, or support it.
If this is just a list for me to go on to reference my 10 year relationship with my same-sex partner, but offers nothing formal, why do we need it or want it.
Marriage or civil unions which confer full relationship recognition and the benefits and liabilities that go along with it, that’s what I want. Not some half-hearted attempt.
If this passes it may be perceived that we are happy with the make-do system and I for one won’t be.
No offence at all to my older brother, but he has been happily married for some time now, I was at his wedding and celebrated right along with him. David and I have been together longer and would have been married long before he, HAD WE BEEN ALLOWED.
My Dad has been married twice. My cousin has been married and already separated from her husband… I don’t want to sound like a whinger, but IT’S NOT FAIR!
So I say “No” to the Relationship Declaration Register… for me it sounds too much like the Mutant Register from X-Men the Movie! A list so we know how many there are and where they are.
A similar system already exists in other states and has had little up-take since it’s inception back in 2003. Something like 100 couples all up have registered. A sure sign that this is NOT a solution to the issue.
I went to the City of Melbourne Site and declared that, as a gay man, I don’t want the register. I don’t want to settle for less. I’m not less of a human so why should I settle for less?
I don’t get angry often these days, but this is an injustice. Please don’t support this register. Instead look into your local gay and lesbian rights lobby and support their action for Same-Sex Marriage.
THE COUNCIL PROPOSAL
Same-sex couples will be able to register their relationship with the City of Melbourne. Registration will not confer rights but may constitute evidence of a relationship in legal proceedings.
WHO RECOGNISES SAME-SEX RELATIONSHIPS?
Same-sex couples can register their relationship with the Tasmanian Office of Births, Deaths and Marriages. Registration gives couples immediate access to relationship rights, regardless of such factors as the duration of the relationship, financial interdependence or cohabitation. Only registered partners may adopt, or be presumed to be the parents of, children born to their partners from fertility treatments.
Same-sex couples can register their relationship with the City of Sydney. Registration does not confer rights but may constitute evidence of a relationship in legal proceedings.
Same-sex marriage is allowed in jurisdictions including Canada, the Netherlands, Belgium, South Africa, Spain and Massachusetts (US).
Same-sex civil unions or partnerships are recognised in jurisdictions including Britain, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland, New Zealand, France, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Portugal, Vermont (US) and Connecticut (US).