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MARRIAGE EQUALITY



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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Darwin-based Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBTI support group Black Rainbow has announced a new initiative to help prevent suicide in the community. From December 1, the not-for-profit group will offer small grants to members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBTI community, as part of their “Preventing Suicide Through A Contagion of Love” …

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Researchers have found that crimes against Russia’s LGBTI community have doubled since the introduction of the country’s homophobic “gay propaganda” law. The law, signed by President Vladimir Putin in 2013, bans the public representation of LGBTI people to children, effectively outlawing pride marches and similar demonstrations across the country. And the law has seen a …

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A series of vile, homophobic letters have been sent to a same-sex couple on the Sunshine Coast. Kirk Muddle and his partner Andrew, who live in Maroochydore, were sent the letters on A4 sheets of paper. The notes suggested that gay people should be “castrated” and that the couple are unable to look after their …

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