Civil partnerships exceeding expectations

johnboy 13 August 2008 41

One thing which should never surprise us is the capacity of the ACT Government to be surprised.

The ABC reports that while the Office of Regulatory Services planned for 15 ‘civil partnerships’ between gays and lesbians each year, they’ve had 23 already in the last three months.

Apparently they’re expecting another surge based around Floriade.

One would however, expect a surge of pent up demand, which may well plateau to the expected 15 a year.

UPDATE: Simon Corbell’s media release is now online.


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jakez jakez 9:35 am 14 Aug 08

neanderthalsis said :

Apparently they’re expecting another surge based around Floriade.>

Pansies amongst pansies?

And before the usual suspects start accusing me of being homophobic, ultra-conservative, facist or even worse, a National party voter; it was a joke people…

You bigot.

neanderthalsis neanderthalsis 9:28 am 14 Aug 08

jakez said :

Deadmandrinking said :

Mr Evil said :

I only believe in necrophilia when both bodies are still slightly warm…….

Isn’t that when they’ve just shat themselves?

Well this thread can’t possibly go any lower than it has.

Wrong:

Rigor mortis makes me hard…

neanderthalsis neanderthalsis 9:18 am 14 Aug 08

Apparently they’re expecting another surge based around Floriade.>

Pansies amongst pansies?

And before the usual suspects start accusing me of being homophobic, ultra-conservative, facist or even worse, a National party voter; it was a joke people…

astrosapien astrosapien 8:07 am 14 Aug 08

Skidbladnir said :

Is Barr going to make use of this legislation and make an honest man out of his partner?

I thought Stanhope was spoken for already…

😀

Headbonius Headbonius 7:22 am 14 Aug 08

Skid wrote “Is Barr going to make use of this legislation and make an honest man out of his partner?”

Well I expect that Barr has already given his surname to his partner, many times over.

simbo simbo 6:48 am 14 Aug 08

There is a pent up demand that inflates the numbers, however from my experience, most weddings seem to happen closer to the November-March period. So I’d be guessing most civil-uniters would be wanting to celebrate stuff like this in a similar period – doing some happy uniting somewhere outdoorsy is much easier and more comfortable then…

I’d suspect, though, that there might be a slightly bigger demand during this period on the services of suitably qualified celebrants – so therefore, it’s possible the usual gay partnership argument of “it doesn’t actually affect a hetrosexual marriage at all” argument will have to be modified to “it affect hetrosexual marriage to the minor effect that it might get a bit harder to get a celebrant for the day/date/time that you want”.

BerraBoy68 BerraBoy68 7:50 pm 13 Aug 08

Damned italics, mutter.. mumble…

BerraBoy68 BerraBoy68 7:50 pm 13 Aug 08

Deadmandrinking said :

Thumper said :

some people seem to think minorities don’t count.

Isn’t it more a matter of what Minorites want? EG:
– Homosexual ‘civil partnerships’/weddings – I think most people would say ‘Why not’
– Homosexual/lesbians having kids – probably more contentious
– Lesbian couple wanting the right to demand only one child and getting two – even more contentious than having kids.

I’m not using the above to highlight my own views just to demonstrate that even limits are drawn when it comes to minority ‘rights’, or even the majorities for that matter.

Probably more complex is trying to imagine being a minority within a minority. How do minority group justify highlighting unacceptable behavior/beliefs etc. in a ‘minority’ within their own minority? There have to be limits surely?

Deadmandrinking Deadmandrinking 6:18 pm 13 Aug 08

Thumper said :

One must remember that the 23 is a figure that has been inflated by the fact that these ceremonies have not been previously allowed. And now they are, there is a sudden influx, which is obvious. The numbers will return to a more normal level over the next six months or so.

Anyway, I think it’s about time that people have the same legal rights.

Agreed. But some people seem to think minorities don’t count.

johnboy johnboy 6:17 pm 13 Aug 08

Deadmandrinking said :

And how much lower – do we really want to plumb the depths?

Let’s not eh?

Thumper Thumper 6:16 pm 13 Aug 08

One must remember that the 23 is a figure that has been inflated by the fact that these ceremonies have not been previously allowed. And now they are, there is a sudden influx, which is obvious. The numbers will return to a more normal level over the next six months or so.

Anyway, I think it’s about time that people have the same legal rights.

Deadmandrinking Deadmandrinking 6:12 pm 13 Aug 08

peterh said :

Thumper said :

At a guess, quite a few more than 23.

Abs should have the numbers for marriages and unions in canberra.

and how much lower can we go?

23 is still quite an impressive amount. How much of a minority are we ‘bending backwards’ for in terms of couples that want to get married?

And how much lower – do we really want to plumb the depths?

peterh peterh 5:37 pm 13 Aug 08

Thumper said :

At a guess, quite a few more than 23.

Abs should have the numbers for marriages and unions in canberra.

and how much lower can we go?

Thumper Thumper 5:23 pm 13 Aug 08

At a guess, quite a few more than 23.

Deadmandrinking Deadmandrinking 5:06 pm 13 Aug 08

Holden Caulfield said :

Deadmandrinking said :

It would be interesting to get some perspective.

Is that an accidental tagline for RA?

I think my english just sucks.

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 4:51 pm 13 Aug 08

Deadmandrinking said :

It would be interesting to get some perspective.

Is that an accidental tagline for RA?

peterh peterh 4:37 pm 13 Aug 08

jakez said :

Deadmandrinking said :

Mr Evil said :

I only believe in necrophilia when both bodies are still slightly warm…….

Isn’t that when they’ve just shat themselves?

Well this thread can’t possibly go any lower than it has.

give them time….

Deadmandrinking Deadmandrinking 4:36 pm 13 Aug 08

jakez said :

Deadmandrinking said :

Mr Evil said :

I only believe in necrophilia when both bodies are still slightly warm…….

Isn’t that when they’ve just shat themselves?

Well this thread can’t possibly go any lower than it has.

Nah, course it can…I’m just waiting for someone to start protesting about being called a bigot because they hate gays.

Does anyone know how many straight marriages or unions there are in the ACT a year? It would be interesting to get some perspective.

jakez jakez 4:32 pm 13 Aug 08

Deadmandrinking said :

Mr Evil said :

I only believe in necrophilia when both bodies are still slightly warm…….

Isn’t that when they’ve just shat themselves?

Well this thread can’t possibly go any lower than it has.

Deadmandrinking Deadmandrinking 4:31 pm 13 Aug 08

Mr Evil said :

I only believe in necrophilia when both bodies are still slightly warm…….

Isn’t that when they’ve just shat themselves?

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