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Another chance at same-sex civil unions?

By Ruqi - 27 July 2012 22

Back in December the ACT Government introduced a bill for same-sex couples’ civil unions, but it was put to the side when it seemed possible the federal Parliament would legalise same-sex marriage.

The bill is going to be reconsidered next month. It won’t be bringing any great changes – same-sex couples can already register civil partnerships in the ACT – but Attorney-General Simon Corbell believes it’s “another step closer to equality“.

Apparently, the only differences from past legislation are the creation of a ‘civil union celebrant’ who can make relationships legally binding, and only same-sex couples are included in the scheme.

The bill needs the ACT Greens’ approval to go through, seeing as the Liberals have already refused, and it seems unlikely that will happen.

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Another chance at same-sex civil unions?
simsim 9:06 pm 28 Jul 12

toriness said :

Mr Gillespie said :

Oh please….. what about REAL issues like housing etc. instead of this bullshit

just because civil rights and equality isn’t a REAL issue in your small mind, doesn’t mean it isn’t important to others.

Plus housing is an ongoing expenive issue and will never be perfect for anyone. Simply making people equal actually makes a fair bit of cash (weddings cost money!) and the only people it makes angry are people who are going to be angry that gay people exist anyway.

HenryBG 6:38 pm 28 Jul 12

toriness said :

Mr Gillespie said :

Oh please….. what about REAL issues like housing etc. instead of this bullshit

just because civil rights and equality isn’t a REAL issue in your small mind, doesn’t mean it isn’t important to others.

This is only a “civil rights and equality” issue in the minds of the tiny fringe of weirdo propagandists who’ve claimed it is. There is no “right” to get married. Get over it. We’re bored of hearing about this absurd nonsense all the time..

Baldy 5:48 pm 28 Jul 12

Mr Gillespie said :

Oh please….. what about REAL issues like housing etc. instead of this bullshit

Real issues like bring back thin plastic bags for you to carry you groceries home with? Is that up there with Housing, ect?

DrKoresh 5:29 pm 28 Jul 12

Mr Gillespie said :

Oh please….. what about REAL issues like housing etc. instead of this bullshit

And THE PLASTIC BAG BAN!! *dribble* *froth* *dribble*

Proboscus 3:41 pm 28 Jul 12

Mr Gillespie said :

Oh please….. what about REAL issues like housing etc. instead of this bullshit

Real issues like plastic shopping bags?

urchin 3:24 pm 28 Jul 12

they should just legalise gay marriage (again) and be done with it. force the federal gov’t to quash it (again), force labor to keep attempting to justify its absurd position of depriving basic rights to gay couples. if they are going to continue to betray a substantial part of their constituency they should at least be made to feel ashamed of it.

change is not going to magically appear, local groups and local gov’ts need to keep agitating for it.

Mr Gillespie 1:25 pm 28 Jul 12

Oh for God sake…..why can’t the Government spend public money on things that are useful to ALL society instead of wasting time/money catering for the fringe elements who twist and overinflate the idea of “equality” to their own ends??

milkman 1:07 pm 28 Jul 12

toriness said :

Mr Gillespie said :

Oh please….. what about REAL issues like housing etc. instead of this bullshit

just because civil rights and equality isn’t a REAL issue in your small mind, doesn’t mean it isn’t important to others.

It’s important, but not as important as solving our housing and health crises.

Mr Evil 12:54 pm 28 Jul 12

Mr Gillespie said :

Oh please….. what about REAL issues like housing etc. instead of this bullshit

Real issues; you mean, like people stamping their tiny feet over plastic bag and firework bans?

dungfungus 12:39 pm 28 Jul 12

Same sex people should be forced to marry so they can suffer along with the rest of us who are already married.

dungfungus 12:38 pm 28 Jul 12

MsCheeky said :

Does anyone know if same-sex civil unions are recognised by Immigration for spouse visas?

I can’t beleive that such a thing as a “spouse visa” exists. Years ago, a wife used to have to get written permission from her spouse to transact certain financial transactions but a “spouse visa”?

toriness 11:45 am 28 Jul 12

Mr Gillespie said :

Oh please….. what about REAL issues like housing etc. instead of this bullshit

just because civil rights and equality isn’t a REAL issue in your small mind, doesn’t mean it isn’t important to others.

Mr Gillespie 8:34 am 28 Jul 12

Oh please….. what about REAL issues like housing etc. instead of this bullshit

c_c 6:41 pm 27 Jul 12

In a curious move, the Greens don’t want this to go through. They claim community groups want the government to wait and that it jeopardises the federal changes, something the government denies.

A big WTF?

MsCheeky 10:45 am 27 Jul 12

Does anyone know if same-sex civil unions are recognised by Immigration for spouse visas?

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