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The first same-sex couples will be able to get married under Australian law from early January. Following Thursday’s historic marriage equality vote, Governor-General Peter Cosgrove signed off on the laws on Friday, which was the final step allowing marriage equality to officially start on Saturday, December 9. This means the first weddings could happen from …

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By Paula Gerber, Monash University It took a long time, but on Thursday Australia became the 26th country to achieve marriage equality. The LGBTI community is euphoric and relieved with this hard-fought victory. But there is also trauma from the drawn-out postal survey campaign, which saw attacks on rainbow families and communities. It left many …

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The Equality Campaign has thanked the Australian people and congratulated the parliament for passing the same-sex marriage bill into law on Thursday afternoon. This bill ensures every LGBTI Australian will now be treated equally with the same dignity and respect as their fellow Australians and will be able to marry the person they love. We …

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Australia’s ambassador to France, Brendan Berne, proposed to his longtime partner just hours after the parliament passed marriage equality yesterday. “HE SAID YES!” Brendan Berne wrote on social media alongside a video of the proposal to Thomas Marti in Paris. In the video he says, “As ambassador to France, this is a great day for …

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A married Canberra couple who vowed to get a divorce if same-sex marriage was made legal have said they will not be following through with the pledge. Nick and Sarah Jensen announced in 2015 they would end their 12-year marriage if marriage equality was legalised. In a statement to News Corp after parliament resoundingly passed …

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It took some 56 hours of debate in parliament, but a lot longer for marriage equality advocates such as Parents and Friends Of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) national spokeswoman Shelley Argent. When parliament finally voted to legalise same-sex marriage tonight, it was the end of a long road. Ms Argent (pictured), a long-time advocate for …

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Australia has finally legislated for marriage equality, with the same-sex marriage legislation resoundingly passing its historic final vote on Thursday afternoon. Liberal Senator Dean Smith’s same-sex marriage bill passed the House of Representatives unchanged after a marathon debate. A crowd of marriage equality campaigners, ambassadors and volunteers cheered and sang “I Am Australian” from the …

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Celebrities and high-profile marriage equality supporters across the country have taken to social media to celebrate Australia finally legislating the reform. The same-sex marriage legislation passed in a landslide final vote in the lower house on Thursday evening, with the first Australian same-sex weddings to start in early January. Here's to every Australian LGBTIQ elder …

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The same-sex marriage legislation will finally put an end to cruel laws forcing married transgender Australians to divorce if they want their birth certificate changed to reflect their gender identity. Under Queensland law, couples who get an opposite-sex marriage before one partner transitions are forced to divorce before the transgender partner can change their birth …

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North Queensland MP Bob Katter has come under fire for giving a bizarre, rambling and extremely homophobic speech on marriage equality to the parliament. In his speech, Katter declared himself to not be “anti-homosexual” but dismissed the dozens of heartfelt speeches – including a marriage proposal – delivered in the parliament on the issue as …

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