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Liberal Party Must Allow Its MPs A Conscience Vote on Marriage Equality

THE Irish poet turned Senator WB Yeats had good advice for those seeking social change – “There is no use quarrelling with icebergs in warm water. These questions will solve themselves,” he said.

In Australia, history shows that many great social changes have occurred due to Labor in being in government – pensions, Medicare, native title, removing discrimination from laws on the basis of sexual orientation.

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Media Release: Surf Shire Council To Write To Federal Member Sarah Henderson Declaring Support For Marriage Equality

Marriage equality advocates have welcomed Victorian local council Surf Coast Shire’s successful motion in support of marriage equality overnight.

All nine councillors spoke in favour of marriage equality and the vote passed with five votes in favour and three against.

The three ‘no’ votes were from councillors who, while in favour of the reform, claimed it was not council business. Read more

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Media Release: Advocates Welcome Human Rights Commission Investigation Into Alleged Union LGBTI Discrimination

Australian Human Rights Commissioner, Tim Wilson, will investigate allegations of systemic anti-gay discrimination in a major Australian union following a letter of complaint from key LGBTI community advocates.

Australian Marriage Equality National Director, Rodney Croome, PFLAG National Spokesperson, Shelley Argent, and Independent Member for Sydney, Alex Greenwich, wrote to Mr Wilson earlier this week calling for an investigation into the Shop Distributive and Allied Employees Union following allegations raised at the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption. Read more

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Media Release: Advocates Plea For Aust Law To Respect Overseas Same-Sex Marriages

Marriage equality advocates have issued a plea to a Senate inquiry to respect the marriages of Australian couples married overseas.

At a hearing into a Greens’ bill that would recognise overseas same-sex marriages, Australian Marriage Equality national director, Rodney Croome, said,

“Every politician who says they respect the institution of marriage should show respect for the legal overseas marriages of Australian same-sex couples by voting to recognise these marriages.” Read more

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Same-Sex Couples Head Over the Ditch for Vows

Hundreds of Australian same-sex-couples have married in New Zealand since marriage equality laws came into effect a year ago.

In the first 12 months, 926 same-sex couples have tied the knot in New Zealand, according to the New Zealand registry of marriages. Of those, 237 weddings – nearly one in four – involved Australian residents.

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Queensland Labor’s Push to Force Federal MPs to Support Marriage Equality

There were cheers of joy, people fist-pumping and placards being waved in the air.

But this wasn’t supporters passionately barracking for a football team. Instead it was a group of Labor activists celebrating a milestone in their campaign for marriage equality in Australia.

The Queensland Labor state conference on Sunday passed a motion calling on federal Labor MPs to be forced to vote in favour of future marriage equality bills.

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Flying the PFLAG

A proud Brisbane mother is helping other parents understand, accept and support the gay sons and daughters living in the community.

In 1995, Shelley Argent was an “ordinary, stay-at-home mother” when her son James’ announced: “Mum, Dad… I’m gay.”

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Jacqui Tomlins: Ten Years Ago Today…

Ten years ago today one of the very first battles for marriage equality in Australia was fought. It was a small, quiet battle between two same-sex couples and the Howard Government. It started in the Victorian Family Court and ended in federal parliament. And it saw the joyous, hopeful and affirming celebration of two same-sex marriages turn into the Marriage Amendment Act 2004.

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‘We can vote but we can’t get married’

Josh Bradley and Luke Ryan have just announced their engagement. However, there is one problem halting their big plans: they can’t get married in Australia.

The Wagga duo say they have about two years before their wedding day and have issued an impassioned plea to the nation’s leaders to follow countries like New Zealand and the United Kingdom to “get on board” with same-sex marriage.

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237 Aussie Same-Sex Couples

In a boost for New Zealand tourism, a quarter of all same-sex marriages taking place across the Tasman in the last 12 months were couples from Australia travelling there to tie the knot.

The stats are out for the first year of marriage equality in New Zealand – of the grand total of 925 same-sex marriages so far, 237 involved Australian residents. There were also 28 Chinese-based couples, 14 from the UK, nine from Singapore and six from Thailand.

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Till Death (Or Bureaucracy) Do Us Part

DID you hear the one about the married couple who loved each other so much they were forced to divorce?

About the couple who had been through challenging times but had persevered and their vows remained intact?

Only to find the government forced them to divorce anyway?

There’s no punchline. This is no joke.

Right now, across Australia, married couples — where one partner has since been through gender reassignment surgery — are forced to make a terrible choice.

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Senators told Same-Sex Couples Who Marry Overseas can be Left in Legal Limbo

People who take part in a same-sex marriage overseas could come back to Australia and legally enter a heterosexual marriage without getting a divorce, but if they returned to the other country they could face bigamy charges, a Senate inquiry has been told.

The inquiry into the recognition of foreign marriages bill was told same-sex couples in Australia faced a “maze of uncertainty”.

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Singer Anthony Callea Announces Engagement

Anthony Callea has a new love song to sing about.

The Aria award winning singer is set to marry his partner of seven years, fellow singer and former Home And Away actor, Tim Campbell.

The couple confirmed their engagement to Woman’s Day magazine.