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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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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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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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Gladstone marriage celebrant Judy Whicker says she would be honoured to marry the first gay couple in the region, after the successful same-sex marriage “yes” vote last week. A celebrant for more than 10 years, Ms Whicker told the Gladstone Observer she didn’t think the marriage law postal survey should have happened and the federal …

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By Noah Riseman, Australian Catholic University Last week’s overwhelming “yes” vote represents another step in progress towards LGBTI equality. It built on the activism of LGBTI elders and the reforms of previous governments that have, since the 1970s, been affirming the rights of LGBTI people to participate in all walks of Australian life. With so …

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South Coast Baptist College has defended its decision to dismiss a relief teacher because he revealed he was in a same-sex relationship. OutinPerth revealed that Craig Campbell had lost his position at the school in Rockingham, Western Australia. Campbell had to deal with suspicion about his sexuality after colleagues and students questioned a photo on …

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The families of Gogglebox Australia share their thoughts on last week’s marriage equality result in tonight’s episode of the Channel Ten reality show. Gay couple Wayne and Tom are brought to tears watching The Project’s coverage of the announcement that 61% of Australians had voted in favour of the reform. “I’m proud to be Australian …

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