City Council - ‘Relationships Declaration Register’
Melbourne City Council has established
a ‘Relationships Declaration Register’ to allow homosexual couples to
register their relationships. The register would be ‘non-homosexual specific’ as it would ALSO allow
heterosexual de facto
couples to register
The proposal was finally passed 6-3 on 27 March 2007 at
the full Council meeting. One of the main aims of the register is to force the
Victorian government to establish a state-wide register.
This page has the most recent posts at
3 April 2007 - The FULL
details of the Register
for full details of the scheme on the
2 April 2007 - Launch
Council held a launch for the Relationships Register on 2 April 2007.
for MCC Media Release about the launch.
30 March 2007 - MCC Register
The full meeting of the Melbourne City Council on 27
March 2007 voted by 6 votes to 3 to establish a relationships register for
same-sex and heterosexual couples.
The Chair Lord Mayor John So, the Deputy
Lord Mayor Gary Singer and Councillors Brindley, Jetter, Ng and Snedden voted
for the motion and Councillors Clarke, Shanahan and Wilson voted against the
to read the Melbourne City Council minutes of the vote.
(It is item 5.12 on
13 March 2007 - Committee
After two weeks consultation the matter was
re-presented to the Committee. The recommendation was to fully endorse the
The vote at this meeting was 4-2. Since the matter did not
have five votes a councillor could take up the option of sending the matter to
the full Council. This was done.
15 Feb 2007 - Relationships Register – submissions
The Melbourne City Council is continuing to pursue the
establishment of a Relationships Register.... At last Tuesday's meeting of the
Community Services Committee, a report and Proposed Guidelines were presented to
The Committee voted 4 - 1 in favour of the scheme.
are now asking for PUBLIC COMMENT!
for MCC Media Release about the consultation phase.
This has Deputy Lord Mayor, Gary Singer, an open homosexual who is promoting
the register, saying that the Register WILL be implemented by 2 April!!! So much
for REALLY listening to the public!
For the Report and Proposed Guidelines - click here.
Prepared by Council Officers after the November 2006 Council meeting
endorsed the proposal 'in principle'.
The Community Services Committee voted to allow 2 weeks for public
consultation. . . The Committee is to consider the matter again at their
March meeting, following an amendment - the Council Officers will prepare a
report, taking into account the public comment.
for the Minutes of the meeting. (Pages 3-4 have the information about the
Sending your comments: Closing date - Wednesday 28 February.
description of the consultation process, and a form for you to send your
comments - click here.
15 Feb 2007 - UPDATE:
The MCC Community Services Committee met on
Tuesday 13 February to discuss the proposed register.
Committee voted 4- 1) to endorse the
scheme and to have 2 WEEKS for PUBLIC CONSULTATION. The Council officers
will prepare an additional report taking into account the comments of the
public. This will be presented at the March Committee
Submissions/Comments due by 28 February.
to make your comments.
See attached document below with points to include.
for the Report and Proposed Guidelines for the Register.
for the Minutes of the Committee meeting. Pages 3-4 have the information
about the Register.
MCC Media releases:
14, 2007 about the Consultation.
More about the
The relationships will need to be registered by
signing the register in front of a witness, probably at the Town Hall. A 'ceremony'?! Or 'paperwork'?
Openly homosexual Deputy Lord Mayor Gary Singer is behind the proposal and
the register is being supported by Lord Mayor John So - who was recently
nominated as 'Community Supporter of the Year' in the homosexual community's
Rainbow Awards (MCV, 29/11/2006).
Mr Singer said this register would not have the status of "marriage" – he
said it was largely symbolic but "may be used to demonstrate the existence of a
de facto relationship". He outlined the use of the register as part of the
homosexual lobby’s overall strategy, saying “This is just the first step
toward social equality for all relationships - it is now up to the State and
federal Governments to introduce legislation that will provide for official
recognition of civil partnerships,” he said. [emphasis ours] The proposal has
been supported by all the homosexual groups lobbying for recognition of
The proposal was endorsed in principle by a narrow majority of the Council at
their meeting on 28 November. It will now be considered by the February
Community Services Committee, which will consider the administration of the
Relationships Declaration Register including legal implications, policy and
procedures and the ongoing maintenance of the register.
Because this is non-homosexual specific it will directly undermine marriage
by allowing a second tier relationship structure.
We oppose the establishment of the ‘Relationships Declaration
ACTION: Please write politely to the
Melbourne City Council and ask them NOT to establish a 'Relationships
Declaration Register'. Tell them that their role is not to be endorsing or
promoting homosexual relationships; that registering heterosexual de facto
relationships will undermine marriage and that few homosexuals actually proceed
to 'register' their relationships even when such a scheme is available. See
below for details on each of these points.
Send your letter to City of
Melbourne, Town Hall,
PO Box 1603,
Melbourne Vic 3001.
Or you can email your
letter to email@example.com
Ask that your letter be passed to the Council, to Lord Mayor John So and to
the Community Services Committee.
Why should we oppose this 'register'?
First, it gives formal legal recognition to same-sex
relationships. This is part of the strategy of the homosexual lobby, to
get a form of recognition in their effort to have their relationships considered
equal to marriage. It is, as stated above, a tool to get the states to adopt a
more formal relationships register/civil partnership scheme that has more
Secondly, it is a form of ‘marriage lite’ – since it allows
heterosexual couples to have a formal registration which is much easier to get
out of than marriage. This will undermine marriage.
Thirdly, few homosexuals actually use such registers or civil union
* Sydney - The Sydney City Council has a
similar scheme to the one proposed. It includes a formal ceremony where couples
can bring along their own celebrant, who can actually be a regular federal
marriage celebrant! [When the ACT government proposed the use of these federal
marriage celebrants to do civil unions, the federal government protested and the
ACT decided to remove that provision and have separate celebrants!]
In the first year of the
register, only 22 couples registered their relationships!
* Tasmania- A Relationships Register was
2004. Only 65 relationships were registered in the first 2 years and 3 months
(to 1 April 2006.) 52 of these were same-sex and 13 were heterosexual. Although
the register allows 'caring relationships' there were NONE of these sorts of
'caring' relationships registered.
* New Zealand - In the New Zealand Civil Union scheme, the Department
of Internal Affairs figures show that there were 458 civil unions in the first
12 months (to April 2006) - 178 male homosexual, 199 lesbian civil unions and 81
heterosexual. This means that around 7.5% of the 5070 same sex couples (as
recorded in the 2001 census) had a 'civil union'.
to open register for same-sex couples
The Age, November 18,
29 November 2006.
Author: Jenny Stokes | Modified: 3 April 2007