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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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Former Big Brother contestant Tim Dormer has opened up about he and fiance Ash Toweel’s recent engagement party. Tim told Who magazine he plans to marry his partner Ash Toweel next year and spoke about his joy at see his conservative parents enjoy themselves at the couple’s recent bush dance-inspired engagement party. “It was a …

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Russia has banned the Warwick Rowers’ annual nude calendar and the group suspects its because it violates the country’s homophobic “gay propaganda” law. The rowing team at Warwick University in the UK began shooting the nude calendars in 2009 to raise money for their team. As the calendar grew in popularity, the team used profits …

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He’s 99 not out, but Holocaust survivor Wolfgang Lauinger has been bowled over after being denied compensation. Lauinger was forced to spend at least five months of 1950 in prison, detained because of a homophobic 1871 law which became strictly enforced under the Nazis. Earlier this year, Germany’s cabinet backed a bill to clear men …

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Austria’s Constitutional Court has ruled that from 2019 the country’s same-sex couples will have the right to marry. Under existing laws, LGBTI Austrians have been able to enter into civil partnerships since 2010 but the country’s definition of marriage included “different sex” partners only. Those existing laws will end on December 31 next year, unless …

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Magda Szubanski has slammed Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull for his speech on same-sex marriage earlier this week, urging him to tone down his “gloating”. The actor and comedian said on Tuesday that she thought the prime minister’s speech the day before was inappropriate following the negative experience many LGBTI people had during the same-sex marriage …

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