Australia may never know the human cost of the same-sex marriage postal survey, Magda Szubanski has said. In a wide-ranging speech to the National Press Club on Wednesday, the actor and high profile “yes” campaigner criticised the survey and said the divisive campaign had damaged relationships and likely cost lives. “The LGBTIQ community were used …

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The Senate has passed same-sex marriage legislation for the first time this afternoon in an historic vote. Cheers and applause erupted as Liberal senator Dean Smith’s same-sex marriage bill passed 43 votes to 12, two weeks to the day after the announcement a majority of Australians had voted “yes” in the postal survey. The bill …

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Marriage equality campaigners are cheering the historic passage of same-sex legislation through the Senate on Wednesday. Liberal Senator Dean Smith’s marriage equality bill was passed 43 votes to 12 on Wednesday afternoon and will be put to a final vote in the House of Representatives next week. All campaigners called for the bill to be …

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has apologised for historical discrimination against the country’s LGBTI community. “This is the devastating story of people who were branded criminals by the government – people who lost their livelihoods, and in some cases, their lives,” Trudeau said in the parliament. “Our laws made private and consensual sex between same-sex …

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Advocacy group Rainbow Families Victoria want to send representatives to Canberra next week to witness next week’s historic final vote to pass marriage equality. The same-sex marriage bill will pass the Senate today and it’s expected to be put to a final vote – and pass – the House of Representatives next week. Rainbow Families …

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“There is nothing wrong with you.” That’s the moving message Attorney-General George Brandis sent to young gay Australians today in a heartfelt speech supporting same-sex marriage in the Senate. Brandis said the passage of the bill will “demolish the last significant bastion of legal discrimination against people on the grounds of their sexuality”. “At last, …

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More than 160 LGBTI organisations, leaders and supporters from around the country have signed a statement calling on the federal parliament to recognise the will of the people and ensure marriage equality is passed by the end of the year. Debate is continuing in the Senate this week around Liberal Senator Dean Smith’s same-sex marriage …

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Two of the contentious changes to Liberal senator Dean Smith’s same-sex marriage bill put forward by Liberal and Greens colleagues have been defeated. On Monday, Liberal senators James Paterson and David Fawcett announced they would introduce five amendments to Senator Smith’s same-sex marriage bill, one of which would have introduced a separate definition of marriage …

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The Catholic Archbishop of Sydney has disputed the “unclear” result of the same-sex marriage postal survey because of the survey forms that weren’t returned. Despite a resounding 61.6 per cent of the Australians who took part in the voluntary survey voting “yes”, Archbishop Anthony Fisher said he isn’t convinced by the 80 per cent turnout. …

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Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young has emotionally dedicated a speech on same-sex marriage to a gay childhood friend and other LGBTI young people around the country. “In my small high school, one of my best friends was gay, and he struggled for a long time,” she said. “I remember thinking I never did quite enough to …

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