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104-year-old grandfather Alex has a very simple reason for voting ‘Yes’ to gay marriage – he wants his grandson, Paul, to be happy. As voting draws to a close, Australian Marriage Equality has released a heart-warming video in which Alex explains why the law should be changed. Alex was married to his wife, Betty, for …

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The Australian Bureau of Statistics has announced that almost 12.3 million Australians had returned their marriage survey forms by last Friday. That’s 77% of eligible voters, and an increase of 400,000 from the ABS’ previous weekly estimate. Last Friday was the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ suggested deadline for the posting of votes to ensure they’re …

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US comedian John Oliver has taken aim at Australia’s “toxic” and “ultimately pointless” same-sex marriage postal survey in a viral segment of his talk show. Oliver, who hosts Last Week Tonight on HBO, pointed out Australia’s two-thirds support for same-sex marriage and said the parliament could simply follow the polls and legislate for the reform. …

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A federal judge in Washington has blocked US President Donald Trump from banning transgender people from serving in the US military. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly has filed an injunction blocking the order, ruling that a lawsuit brought by five active soldiers with more than 60 combined years of service was likely to win. The service …

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Conservative MPs are reportedly proposing a long list of amendments they want made to the most prominent same-sex marriage bill if a “yes” vote is returned in the postal survey next month. They plan to suggest a staggering 60 to 100 amendments to the bill put forward by Western Australian Liberal senator Dean Smith, The …

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A Liberal senator has said marriage equality could be legalised by Christmas if a “yes” vote is returned in the postal survey. Education minister Simon Birmingham (pictured, left) told Sky News the government wouldn’t delay the introduction of same-sex marriage legislation. “If the Australian people … have indicated a ‘Yes’ vote, the government will get …

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Australian country music singer John Williamson has added his voice to the “yes” vote for same sex marriage with his new single “Love is the Word”. The singer was inspired to write the song for his grandchildren both in response to the fight for marriage equality and the rise of “hate and extreme nationalism”. “The …

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The Western Australian government will apologise to the LGBTI community ahead of the introduction of legislation to expunge historical gay convictions. On Wednesday, the state’s Premier Mark McGowan will apologise on behalf of the parliament to those convicted because of their homosexuality. The state decriminalised consensual homosexual activity in March 1990 but those prosecuted under …

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The career of England cricket team vice-captain Ben Stokes might quite literally rise from the Ashes. Two gay men have come forward and claimed the all-rounder was defending them from homophobic abuse when he was arrested following an altercation outside a Bristol nightclub. Kai Barry, 26, and Billy O’Connell, 20, told London’s Sun newspaper Stokes …

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A group of lawmakers in Egypt have reportedly unveiled legislation that would make it a crime to be gay – or an ally – in the country. A draft of the legislation was announced with the backing of 15 members of the Egyptian parliament and would explicitly make homosexuality punishable by up to three years …

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