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MARRIAGE EQUALITY



Australian small businesses are set to share in a multi-million dollar same-sex wedding boom, an economist says. ANZ senior economist Cherelle Murphy said the economic benefits of marriage equality related to weddings alone could be $650 million in the first 12 months. According to the 2016 Census, there were nearly 47,000 same-sex couples living together …

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An Sydney octogenerian couple have spoken of their plans to finally marry after Wednesday’s “yes” result. John Challis and Arthur Cheeseman, aged 89 and 85, have been together for five decades and said they’re planning a low-key ceremony for the new year. “Without any fuss, just very quietly,” he told ABC Radio. “We’ll probably go …

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Senators Dean Smith and Penny Wong have delivered emotional speeches as debate gets underway on his same-sex marriage bill. Smith’s widely-supported private member’s bill was introduced to the Senate on Wednesday with the help of a cross-party group of Senators, just hours after it was announced 61.6 per cent of Australians had voted ‘yes’ in …

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Beloved comedian and one of the most high-profile “yes” campaigners, Magda Szubanski, has spoken of her joy at the “overwhelming” result in favour of marriage equality on Wednesday. “We know I’m the crybaby of the campaign,” she joked to Channel Ten’s The Project on Wednesday evening. “It’s been joyous, and really just a moment of …

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Prominent “no” campaigner and head of the Australian Christian Lobby Lyle Shelton has said he accepts Australia’s “yes” vote but has vowed to keep fighting against marriage equality “for years or decades”. He told Fairfax Media that he accepted the decision but “in a democracy no question is ever completely closed.” He said the “no” …

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By Scott McKinnon, University of Wollongong Yesterday’s same-sex marriage survey results represent a moment of extraordinary change. It is well within living memory that homosexuality in Australia was considered a crime, a sickness and a threat to the nation itself. The final Australian state to decriminalise male homosexuality was Tasmania, as recently as 1997. Plenty …

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Senator Penny Wong’s tears of joy following the announcement of the same-sex marriage postal survey result has gone viral. The Australian Bureau of Statistics announced on Wednesday 61.6% of Australians had voted to allow same-sex couples to wed. TV cameras were watching a group of senators in a committee room at Parliament House in Canberra …

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Brisbane landmarks will be lit up in rainbow on Wednesday night as the city celebrates the successful marriage equality result. Brisbane City councillor Vicki Howard announced on Facebook that the Story Bridge and City Hall would both be illuminated in rainbow lights. On Wednesday morning, a crowd of hundreds of people gathered in Brisbane, one …

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As Queensland’s LGBTI community celebrates today’s resounding ‘Yes’ vote for marriage equality, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has called on federal parliament to immediately enshrine the public’s wishes in law. Nationally, 61.6% voted ‘Yes’ to the question: “Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?” while 38.4% voted ‘No’. In Queensland, 1,487,060 (60.7%) voted …

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YES! That’s the resounding response from Australians in the same-sex marriage postal survey, the results of which were announced on Wednesday morning by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) to high emotion and jubilation around the country. A crowd of hundreds gathered in Brisbane in Queen’s Park to hear that 61.6% of the country had …

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