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A rainbow waterfall of fireworks at Sydney’s New Year’s Eve celebrations will celebrate the 40th anniversary of Mardi Gras and the “yes” vote on same-sex marriage. Sydney’s Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the technicolour display – in bright red, yellow, green, blue, purple and silver – would cascade off the Sydney Harbour Bridge to send …

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Labor MP Linda Burney has paid tribute to her late son Binni during a powerful speech on same-sex marriage. Burney, Australia’s first female indigenous MP, explained her longstanding support for marriage equality to colleagues in the parliament on Tuesday. “I have never had a second thought. It seemed so obvious to me,” she said. Her …

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HIV researchers and advocacy groups want Australia to fast-track the approval of home-testing kits as part of the effort to reduce the spread of the virus. The kits have been available online for several years but have yet to be approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration. New research has found the kits could be especially …

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Deputy state coroner Elaine Truscott has delivered an open finding at the inquest into the death of Matthew (Matt) Leveson. Leveson, 20, went missing in 2007 and was last seen leaving ARQ nightclub in Sydney with his boyfriend, then 45-year-old Michael Atkins. Matt’s parents, Mark and Faye Leveson, who the inquest was told believe Atkins …

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It’s time! Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told parliament yesterday the legalisation of same-sex marriage was a “momentous social reform” as debate began in the lower house on a private bill passed by the Senate last week. “It’s time for us to get on with it,” Mr Turnbull said. “The Australian people have said yes to …

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Liberal MP Tim Wilson has proposed to his long-term partner Ryan Bolger in emotional scenes in the federal parliament ahead of the same-sex marriage bill’s final vote. “In my first speech I defined our bond by the ring that sits on both of our left hands,” Mr Wilson told the parliament. “They are the answer …

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A group of Anglican bishops has split with the church’s hierarchy and urged members of the Lower House to support Senator Dean Smith’s marriage equality bill. The group, headed by the Bishop of Wangaratta, John Parkes (pictured), say Senator Smith’s bill should be approved as it stands. “It preserves the fabric of our anti-discrimination laws, …

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The thousands of Australian same-sex couples who have tied the knot overseas will automatically be recognised as married under Australian law when the same-sex marriage bill comes into effect. Liberal Senator Dean Smith’s amendment bill, currently before the parliament, will scrap the Marriage Act’s ban on recognition of same-sex unions solemnised overseas. The Equality Campaign …

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A Russian football official has insisted that gay fans will not face arrest for waving rainbow flags at next year’s FIFA World Cup, despite the country’s homophobic “gay propaganda” law. FIFA’s anti-discrimination group FARE last week warned that gay spectators at the 2018 event holding hands or waving rainbow flags could face an aggressive response …

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Josh Goyne is a young man on a mission: to raise money for stroke awareness, rehabilitation and treatment. He started his Stroke Support Awareness Australia charity and fundraising bicycle rides at the age of just 16 in a bid to help others affected by the debilitating condition. “I started it in honour of my late …

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