Gay and Lesbian Kingdom of the Coral Sea Islands

Originally formed on June 14th, 2004, the Gay and Lesbian Kingdom of the Coral Sea Island (GLK) was created as a protest against the Australian Government’s refusal to recognise same-sex marriage. [1] It is located on the Coral Sea Islands, an external overseas Territory of Australia, an area east of the Great Barrier Reef. [2]

The GLK formally declared war on Australia on the 13th of September 2004 issuing a notice of war to the then PM John Howard and through the Swiss Federal Government. As Australia never responded to the declaration the GLK won the war by default ensuring their independence. This created an interesting scene during a parliamentary committee when Liberal Senator Eric Abetz was arguing against flying the rainbow flag in the Department of Finance and pointed out that:

“this particular flag is the flag of the [GLK], which has declared

war on Australia . . . It is the flag of a hostile nation, if we are to 1

believe them, having declared war on Australia” [3]

This ultimately led to a flag inquiry, as “It is certainly not the government’s intention to fly the flags of hostile nations in any of our official buildings”. [3]

The Kingdom has a working economy based around the sale of gay and lesbian postage stamps, fishing and tourism. The kingdom only has a land area of ❤ sq km, making it the smallest kingdom in the world. [4][5] However, their claimed land is scattered over a sea area of 780,000 sq km. The Kingdom also has a small army of gay activist that it can call on in times of emergency. The capital of the GLK is Heaven, named after a famous gay bar in London, which is located on the largest island – Cato Island. They Kingdom makes use of British Common Law and uses the euro as their currency.

Their leader – His Imperial Majesty the Emperor Dale Parker Anderson, is directly descended from the murdered gay King of England, Edward II, and one of Dale’s forbears was William Purcell a member of the HMAV Bounty, who was the first to visit and stay in the Coral Sea Islands in 1789, adding to the legitimacy of his claims from the gay and lesbian government.

The Kingdom despite regarding itself as an independent nation, is still yet to be recognised by Australia or the United Nations.

Although there is very little action from the activists who created the GLK now, their fight for marriage equality still continues 13 years after becoming independent. The LGBTQ community is still striving for marriage equality in Australia, despite its legalisation in countries like the United States of America, Germany and Ireland. With 56% of Australians in favour of same-sex marriage, and another 11% neutral on the issue, there is large support for allowing marriage equality.

With 56% of Australians in favour of same-sex marriage, and another 11% neutral on the issue, there is large support for allowing marriage equality.[6] Currently, the Turnbull government has proposed a plebiscite to decide whether or not to allow same-sex marriage, but fears of a smear campaign from those opposed have stopped it. Currently, Labour and the Greens have marriage equality as key parts of their party platforms and wish for a vote in parliament.

 

References:

[1] “History” Lesbian Kingdom. Gay and Lesbian Kingdom, 2007. Web. 30 June 2017. http://gaykingdom.info/history.htm

[2] Nick Squires (4 May 2010). “The world’s micronations unite to demand recognition”. The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 10 August 2011.

[3] “Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee – 28/02/2017 – Estimates – FINANCE PORTFOLIO – Department of Finance”, Hansard, p27, 28 February 2017.

[4]  Lesbian Kingdom. Gay and Lesbian Kingdom, 2007. Web. 30 June 2017. http://gaykingdom.info/

[5] “Introduction” The Gay & Lesbian Kingdom of the Coral Sea Islands, 2007. Web. 30 June 2017. http://gaykingdom.info/introduction.htm

[6] Blumer, Clare. “7 Things Vote Compass Reveals about Voters’ Views on Same-sex Marriage” ABC News. ABC News, 21 June 2016. Web. 30 June 2017. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-06-22/election-2016-vote-compass-same-sex-marriage/7520478

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