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Another take on Civil Unions

By johnboy - 8 February 2007 31

The Simbo/Simto gestalt posted the following as a comment but I thought it deserved more air.

It’s Time…for Mateship!!

I think we should give up on Gay Civil Unions if that is too much of a threat to the fragile institution of marriage. We should model our relationships on a much more robust and virile institution…. Mateship! We should pursue a Civil Domestic Mateship Act. Even the Prime Minister understands and even promotes the sanctity of mateship between two (or more) men. He will struggle with mateship between women and will probably assume we don’t exist anyway.

Having celebrated your Domestic Mateship…..and who is going to knock that? It will be so much easier introducing your dearly beloved…. No longer would we have to stumble over the proper form of introduction…no longer lover, partner, boyfriend, girlfriend…. How simple “May I introduce you to my mate (insert name here)?” My mate…says it all, doesn’t it? If you want to make it really clear you are ’special mates’ can give a big wink to whomever you’re introducing your mate to.

We could even let the Prime Minister have his [way?] with a preamble to the Constitution. Enshrine mateship. We know what he really means 😉

C’mon Simon, why not give this a go and watch the tories squirm?

What’s Your opinion?

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31 Responses to
Another take on Civil Unions
Nik_the_Pig 9:06 am 09 Feb 07

But Meal, is your mateship recognised by the government?

Maelinar 8:02 am 09 Feb 07

Friday, Durham day Thumper.

Mrs Maelinar gave me a kiss goodbye and mentioned to me to have a good time down at the Durham this afternoon, so no, she doesn’t have a problem with the Durham appointment.

I would like to point out at this juncture (esp. as I’m being used as a reference basis) that Mrs Maelinar comes to the Durham as well, albeit so does Mrs Thumper.

On occasions, so does Mini Mael.

My previous comments have ommitted them primarily because they are not RiotACTers (or at least posting RiotACTers), so nobody would have known them anyway.

So in truth, any comments to the effect of ‘Thumper and Mael down the Durham’, generally entails more than just the two of us.

All that said, Thumper and I are mates anyway, and have been known to shoot off down to the local for a pint or 18 on the odd occasion.

Thumper 8:00 am 09 Feb 07

Good point Simbo, which makes me think that the ACT government are using it as a bit of a political football, and/or, another exercise in stick it up your nose Mr Howard.

terubo 7:59 am 09 Feb 07

Maybe they’re afraid of being had up for plagiarism on “Media Watch”, simbo.

simbo 7:56 am 09 Feb 07

Well, the Feds can block the ACT model a lot quicker than they could block either the Tas or SA models – but I’m not sure about whether there are any functional differences between the two models.

It’d seem like the ACT mob are missing a beat by not copying those models, though – but, hey, did I ever accuse the ACT mob of being a brains-trust?

terubo 7:55 am 09 Feb 07

I dunno, but tomorrow’s Saturday. Yay!

Thumper 7:53 am 09 Feb 07

Damn, ‘lovely’…

What time is it? What day is it?

Thumper 7:52 am 09 Feb 07

I should add that the loverly Mrs Maelinar doesn’t have a problem with drinking beers at the Durham, and neither does Ms Thumper….

terubo 7:51 am 09 Feb 07

“My mate won’t let me come to the pub”.

“Oh, what a bastard”.

terubo 7:51 am 09 Feb 07

“My partner won’t let me come to the pub”.

“Oh, is he gay too then?”.

Thumper 7:50 am 09 Feb 07

Why don’t they just use the TAsmanian model?

South Australia are about to introduce it as well. The Feds don’t seem to have a problem with it.

As for the mateship idea, I love it! 🙂

simbo 7:40 am 09 Feb 07

I should point out, I didn’t come up with this – it’s from the ACT gay and lesbian mailing list. I haven’t cited the person who posted it because I don’t know if they want their name reproduced outside of that mailing list.

Anyway, there’s probably a bonus to this that hetro-men who just like hanging out together could probably register for this as well. Just think of it, Thumper and Maelinar could have it written into their Civil Mateship agreement that Mrs. Maelinar can’t refuse him permission to pay his regular pilgramage to the Durham…

Sammy 7:40 am 09 Feb 07

In animal culture, ‘mate’ means roughly the same thing as a marriage. Only difference is, in animal culture your mate will piss off after a few months of rooting, and find someone better to root. Oh wait, that is the same as human marriage.

terubo 7:38 am 09 Feb 07

I prefer this to the frightful and all-pervasive use of the word “partner”. Seems to be some kind of PC thing. Married people don’t appear to want to admit to having a “husband” or “wife” anymore. I’d rather say “can I bring my mate along”, instead of “partner”.

Mess 11:35 pm 08 Feb 07

john howard could introduce george bush as his “mate”

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