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Queer folk on Cato Island off Australia's Coral Sea have declared themselves members of an independent kingdom. Emperor Dale Anderson, who claims Edward II as an ancestor, says the Gay and Lesbian Kingdom is one place where gay marriage will be legal. Be interesting to see how long this novel approach to enabling gay people to marry lasts. Likely not long but good luck anyway.

Cato Island has been declared independent by a group of Queensland gay men, including Anderson, a Gold Coast businessman. Anderson said he devised the idea following a talk by Rodney Croome in Brisbane last year, at which Croome predicted Howard’s gay marriage ban.

Gay kingdom for Coral Sea

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PRESS RELEASE:

After witnessing for several months federal politicians in the national parliament of Australia, effectively say the homosexual relationships are less loving, less committed, less important and not as worthy as their heterosexual counterparts and therefore allowed the anti gay marriage legislation to be passed many in Australia’s gay community had a gutful.

A small group of Aussie gays retaliated by sailing over to Australia’s uninhabited Coral Sea Island territory and settled their permanently throwing a spanner in the works for the Australian government as under international law Australia now must now recognise this gay government as an legitimate government because the territory is only inhabited by gay & lesbian people and the self proclaimed gay government is the only government speaking on behalf of its people.

A copy of the following declaration of independence and necessary paper work announcing the secession from Australia and the sovereignty of the new nation was forwarded to every politician in Australia as well as the Governor General of Australia who as the Queen of England’s representee and the Australian Head of State.

Further information maybe obtained from the gay governments official web site at www.gaykingdom.org please feel free to download any information or use any of the photos from the site to help promote our fledging nation and to further our cause.

Thank you in advance for taking the time to read this press release it means a lot to us.

Government of the Gay & Lesbian Kingdom of the Coral Sea Islands.

Declaration of Independence - The Gay & Lesbian Kingdom of the Coral Sea Islands.

We have honestly endeavoured everywhere to merge ourselves in the social life of surrounding communities and to be treated equally. We are not permitted to do so. In vain we are loyal patriots, our loyalty in some places running to extremes; in vain do we make the same sacrifices of life and property as our fellow citizens; in vain do we strive to increase the fame of our native land in science and art, or her wealth by trade and commerce. In countries where we have lived for centuries, we are still cried down as strangers…In the world as it is now and for an indefinite period…I think we shall not be left in peace.

…No one can deny the gravity of the situation of the Gays. Wherever they live in perceptible numbers, they are more or less persecuted…

Attacks in Parliaments both here in Australia, in America, in Britain and in assemblies around the world, in the press, in the pulpit, in the street, on journeys…even in places of recreation, become daily more numerous…

When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal stations to which the laws of nature and of natures god entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness –

That to secure these rights. Governments are instituted among men deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principals and organising its powers in such form as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. Prudence, indeed will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown, that mankind are more deposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism it is their right, it is their duty to throw off such governments and to provide new guards for their future security.

Such has been the patient sufferance of the gay people and the Coral Sea Island Territory; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former systems of government. The history of the present Queen of Australia is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over gay people and the Coral Sea Island Territory to prove this let facts be submitted to a candid world. She has refused her assent to laws and hence as a nation, Australia maintains appalling laws against gay and lesbian people. We live under a regime of apartheid. It is an apartheid not based on the colour of our skin, but on the colour of our sexuality. Homophobia is nothing less than sexual racism. We are people, first and foremost. We work, we have lives, we love and have relationships. We are family. Yet despite being citizens, voters and taxpayers, lesbian and gay Australians do not have the same rights – or in many cases have no rights – to those things in life that heterosexual people take for granted. Gay men can be denied access to a hospital to visit his partner if he is sick or injured – because his relationship is not legally recognised as next of kin. Should he die, his partner has no legal claim to his superannuation death benefit, despite the fact that he may have been nominated as a beneficiary. Gay and Lesbian people can not claim their partner as a dependant or split their incomes for taxation purposes and, if they do separate, there is no legal mechanism to ensure fair and responsible property settlement – they are denied access to the family court. These complications are even more pronounced for the many gay and lesbian families raising children. The government of Australia now has legislation before it to ban gay marriages and ban gay couples from accessing adoption. Heterosexual people do not have a monopoly on good child rearing practices. Gay and lesbian people fighting for compensation and superannuation death benefits find that the spirit of those acts cannot be applied to same sex relationships. And so it is with unfair stamp duty payments and other taxation imposts, property settlement, family payments and spousal recognition within the defence forces and Public Service. Gay and Lesbian people seeking to be regarded as next of kin for hospital visits or funeral arrangements can find that the spirit of those acts cannot be applied to them, and immigration process for same sex couples applies differently and to our disadvantage. The spirit does not apply here either. No, the spirit of Commonwealth legislation towards same sex relationships is decidedly mean spirited. In his victory speech in 1988, Prime Minister Howard spoke of the need for a more caring and tolerant Australia. At their national conference in Hobart a few years ago, the Australian Labour party unanimously passed a motion recognising the need for equality and justice for gay and lesbian people. Yet here now in 2004 both parties are supporting legislation to forever ban gay and lesbian people from marring. Discrimination against gay and lesbian people is as morally repugnant as racism or anti-Semitism. As a nation Australia has fallen behind comparable jurisdictions, such as New Zealand, Canada and South Africa, in terms of protecting the human rights of homosexual people. Her Majesty the Queen and her Australian government condone this apartheid, and they are creating the social and political environment that leads to harassment and violence towards gay and lesbian people. While her parliament continue to deny our relationships, and render us to be second-class citizens without legal protection, then some will take this as their cue to continue to treat us badly. Australian research shows that almost half of all gay and lesbian people report some form of discrimination or harassment at work, including sacking. Roughly 30 per cent of gay lesbian people experience harassment at school. And worst of all, 70 per cent of gay and lesbian people report being verbally abused, threatened or bashed in a public space. Mathew Shepard was a slightly built 21 year old student in the United States, a few years ago he was lured from a campus bar by two men. They drove him to a remote area outside the town and viciously beat him. As he lay there bleeding, begging for his life, he was bound to a fence and left in near freezing temperatures to die. He had been beaten so badly that his limp body, when found, was at first thought to be a scarecrow, His attackers had stolen his shoes and robbed his apartment. After being struck in the head 18 times with the butt of a hand gun, he remained in a coma for five days without regaining consciousness, before dying. Matthew Shepard was murdered because he was gay. Before anyone is tempted to think this could happen only in America, I would like to remind the Australian government that no fewer than 90 men have been bashed to death in Sydney since 1990, simply because they were gay or presumed to be so. This violence does not occur in a vacuum, it is not spontaneous. Hatred of this kind takes years to mature within societies. It is nurtured through a culture of invisibility and fear towards gay and lesbian people and the neglect and indifference of parliaments. Each time a piece of legislation comes before parliament and touches on human rights and human relationships but excludes gay and lesbian people and denies our relationship, it perpetuates this culture of invisibility. Each time a public figure or religious speaker denounces our existence or seeks to justify our differential treatment, it perpetuates this culture of fear.

In ever stage of these oppressions we have petitioned for redress in the most humble terms, our repeated petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A princess, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of free gay people.

Nor have we been wanting in attentions to our heterosexual brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here in the Coral Sea Island Territory. We have appealed to the Australian Parliament and they too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our separation and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, enemies in war, in peace friends –

We, therefore as representatives of the lesbian and gay people of the world, in general congress, assembled, appealing to the supreme judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do in the name, and by authority of the good people of the gay territory, solemnly publish and declare, that the Gay & Lesbian Kingdom of the Coral Sea Islands one and of right ought to be, free and independent that is now absolved from all allegiance to the Australian crown, and that all political connections between them and Australia, is and ought to be totally dissolved and that as free and independent, we have full power to levy war, conclude peace, contract alliances, establish commerce, and to do all other acts and things which independent kingdoms may of right do –

And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honour. We extend the hand of peace and good neighbourliness to all the states around us and to their peoples.

Declaration of Independence - The Gay & Lesbian Kingdom of the Coral Sea Islands.

We have honestly endeavoured everywhere to merge ourselves in the social life of surrounding communities and to be treated equally. We are not permitted to do so. In vain we are loyal patriots, our loyalty in some places running to extremes; in vain do we make the same sacrifices of life and property as our fellow citizens; in vain do we strive to increase the fame of our native land in science and art, or her wealth by trade and commerce. In countries where we have lived for centuries, we are still cried down as strangers…In the world as it is now and for an indefinite period…I think we shall not be left in peace.

…No one can deny the gravity of the situation of the Gays. Wherever they live in perceptible numbers, they are more or less persecuted…

Attacks in Parliaments both here in Australia, in America, in Britain and in assemblies around the world, in the press, in the pulpit, in the street, on journeys…even in places of recreation, become daily more numerous…

When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal stations to which the laws of nature and of natures god entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness –

That to secure these rights. Governments are instituted among men deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principals and organising its powers in such form as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. Prudence, indeed will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown, that mankind are more deposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism it is their right, it is their duty to throw off such governments and to provide new guards for their future security.

Such has been the patient sufferance of the gay people and the Coral Sea Island Territory; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former systems of government. The history of the present Queen of Australia is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over gay people and the Coral Sea Island Territory to prove this let facts be submitted to a candid world. She has refused her assent to laws and hence as a nation, Australia maintains appalling laws against gay and lesbian people. We live under a regime of apartheid. It is an apartheid not based on the colour of our skin, but on the colour of our sexuality. Homophobia is nothing less than sexual racism. We are people, first and foremost. We work, we have lives, we love and have relationships. We are family. Yet despite being citizens, voters and taxpayers, lesbian and gay Australians do not have the same rights – or in many cases have no rights – to those things in life that heterosexual people take for granted. Gay men can be denied access to a hospital to visit his partner if he is sick or injured – because his relationship is not legally recognised as next of kin. Should he die, his partner has no legal claim to his superannuation death benefit, despite the fact that he may have been nominated as a beneficiary. Gay and Lesbian people can not claim their partner as a dependant or split their incomes for taxation purposes and, if they do separate, there is no legal mechanism to ensure fair and responsible property settlement – they are denied access to the family court. These complications are even more pronounced for the many gay and lesbian families raising children. The government of Australia now has legislation before it to ban gay marriages and ban gay couples from accessing adoption. Heterosexual people do not have a monopoly on good child rearing practices. Gay and lesbian people fighting for compensation and superannuation death benefits find that the spirit of those acts cannot be applied to same sex relationships. And so it is with unfair stamp duty payments and other taxation imposts, property settlement, family payments and spousal recognition within the defence forces and Public Service. Gay and Lesbian people seeking to be regarded as next of kin for hospital visits or funeral arrangements can find that the spirit of those acts cannot be applied to them, and immigration process for same sex couples applies differently and to our disadvantage. The spirit does not apply here either. No, the spirit of Commonwealth legislation towards same sex relationships is decidedly mean spirited. In his victory speech in 1988, Prime Minister Howard spoke of the need for a more caring and tolerant Australia. At their national conference in Hobart a few years ago, the Australian Labour party unanimously passed a motion recognising the need for equality and justice for gay and lesbian people. Yet here now in 2004 both parties are supporting legislation to forever ban gay and lesbian people from marring. Discrimination against gay and lesbian people is as morally repugnant as racism or anti-Semitism. As a nation Australia has fallen behind comparable jurisdictions, such as New Zealand, Canada and South Africa, in terms of protecting the human rights of homosexual people. Her Majesty the Queen and her Australian government condone this apartheid, and they are creating the social and political environment that leads to harassment and violence towards gay and lesbian people. While her parliament continue to deny our relationships, and render us to be second-class citizens without legal protection, then some will take this as their cue to continue to treat us badly. Australian research shows that almost half of all gay and lesbian people report some form of discrimination or harassment at work, including sacking. Roughly 30 per cent of gay lesbian people experience harassment at school. And worst of all, 70 per cent of gay and lesbian people report being verbally abused, threatened or bashed in a public space. Mathew Shepard was a slightly built 21 year old student in the United States, a few years ago he was lured from a campus bar by two men. They drove him to a remote area outside the town and viciously beat him. As he lay there bleeding, begging for his life, he was bound to a fence and left in near freezing temperatures to die. He had been beaten so badly that his limp body, when found, was at first thought to be a scarecrow, His attackers had stolen his shoes and robbed his apartment. After being struck in the head 18 times with the butt of a hand gun, he remained in a coma for five days without regaining consciousness, before dying. Matthew Shepard was murdered because he was gay. Before anyone is tempted to think this could happen only in America, I would like to remind the Australian government that no fewer than 90 men have been bashed to death in Sydney since 1990, simply because they were gay or presumed to be so. This violence does not occur in a vacuum, it is not spontaneous. Hatred of this kind takes years to mature within societies. It is nurtured through a culture of invisibility and fear towards gay and lesbian people and the neglect and indifference of parliaments. Each time a piece of legislation comes before parliament and touches on human rights and human relationships but excludes gay and lesbian people and denies our relationship, it perpetuates this culture of invisibility. Each time a public figure or religious speaker denounces our existence or seeks to justify our differential treatment, it perpetuates this culture of fear.

In ever stage of these oppressions we have petitioned for redress in the most humble terms, our repeated petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A princess, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of free gay people.

Nor have we been wanting in attentions to our heterosexual brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here in the Coral Sea Island Territory. We have appealed to the Australian Parliament and they too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our separation and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, enemies in war, in peace friends –

We, therefore as representatives of the lesbian and gay people of the world, in general congress, assembled, appealing to the supreme judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do in the name, and by authority of the good people of the gay territory, solemnly publish and declare, that the Gay & Lesbian Kingdom of the Coral Sea Islands one and of right ought to be, free and independent that is now absolved from all allegiance to the Australian crown, and that all political connections between them and Australia, is and ought to be totally dissolved and that as free and independent, we have full power to levy war, conclude peace, contract alliances, establish commerce, and to do all other acts and things which independent kingdoms may of right do –

And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honour. We extend the hand of peace and good neighbourliness to all the states around us and to their peoples.

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