Equal Rights for some couples?
No Right Turn in this post seems to think I have an unhealthy obsession against gays and lesbians in light of the civil union bills. He's wrong. If I did, I wouldn't have any gay and lesbian friends.
My post during the weekend,(in which, incidentally, the Civil Union Bill (CUB) was not mentioned) featured a couple and asked should this couple have equal rights as married couples now, later, or not at all?. Of course this would equally apply to a heterosexual couple in the same situation. I picked that couple as they are one of many pushing the issue, but were not even together when the march was mooted by Destiny. That, of course was quite obvious. Also, it is not heterosexual de facto couples who are pushing for legal (or social) recognition of their relationships.
My post questioned whether all relationships should have equal legal standing from day one, or whether there should be a threshold, as in the Property (Relationships) Act. NRT has discussed the same thing over here
NRT knows as well as I do that the "civil union bills", together, actually affect more heterosexual couples than gay couples.Despite hte fact that the Civil Union Bill(CUB) is designed for, and by gay, couples. Both bills are designed for couples in long term relationships - and go hand in hand.
NRT thinks that the Relationship (Statutory References) Bill (RSRB )has very little to do with civil unions or gays, in terms of recognition of de facto relationships.
Oh yeah? David Benson-Pope doesn't say that and he's the minister pushing these bills. He says the bill affects heterosexual couples - and also gay couples, as if it was an after thought. Without the RSRB the CUB bill would be gutless, therefore the CUB revolves around the RSRB being passed. So has a lot to do with civil unions, of which many could be heterosexual couples.
The weird thing is I agree with much of what NRT says. Namely the RSRB should be gender blind, (it has to be to comply with our Human Rights legislation,) a threshhold time -such as in the Property Relationships Act - may be appropriate, and that the 'religious right' sees the two bills as a gay attack on the institution of marriage. Where I don’t agree with NRT is his assertion that these bills are substantive equality. The only way to have equality is to change the Marriage Act and/or include adoption. The Government refuses to do this as it is not seen as politically achievable - and that is the only reason.
Most people do not understand these bills, and have never read them. At least I have made an attempt to do both.
I can see through all the Benson-Pope -led spin. And on that note, Benson Pope's office still has to come back to me with the alleged proof that Destiny teaches their followers to hate and Maxim has strong links to the Christian Right.
It's time to back up allegations with proof, Minister.