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MARRIAGE EQUALITY


Marriage equality advocates are surveying the LGBTI community on what they believe is the best response to the government’s proposed postal plebiscite on marriage equality. Government minister Peter Dutton has expressed support for a postal vote on the issue, which has been criticised for being voluntary and the result non-binding on MPs. just.equal spokesperson Rodney …

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Government minister Peter Dutton’s electorate supports a free parliamentary vote on marriage equality, according to a new poll released by activist group GetUp. Dutton supports holding a voluntary postal vote on the issue to keep the government’s election promise to hold a national plebiscite. “A postal plebiscite delivers the same policy intent as a plebiscite …

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The Noosa Shire Council has voted to back a motion supporting marriage equality. Councillors voted to support a motion calling on “the Federal Parliament to treat with dignity and respect all member of the community regardless of gender or sexuality by supporting changes to the Marriage Act to achieve marriage equality for same-sex couples.” Local …

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Queensland Liberal MP and longtime marriage equality advocate Warren Entsch has shot down Peter Dutton’s renewed push for a voluntary postal vote on marriage equality. Dutton told Sky News on Sunday that a postal vote would be “the next best option” to replace the failed marriage equality plebiscite and if a majority of Australians voted …

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Comedian Rhys Nicholson appeared on The Project last night to discuss “ginger sperm” and fired a barb at Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on the issue of marriage equality. Turnbull was on the panel of the Channel Ten show when they crossed to the 27-year-old comedian for his take on news that sperm donation companies are …

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A fresh push by the Queensland LNP for a voluntary postal vote on federal marriage equality has been slammed as “deeply flawed”. The Australian reported the Queensland branch of the Liberal National Party passed a motion on Friday at their state convention that called on the federal coalition government to conduct a non-compulsory postal ballot …

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Icelandic band Sigur Ros have unveiled the pro-equality t-shirts they plan to sell at Margaret Court Arena, to hit back at the tennis legend’s recent anti-gay comments. Sigur Ros (pictured) is touring Australia this month and will play the Melbourne venue on July 27. The band, whose frontman Jónsi Birgisson is openly gay, announced last …

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The European country of Malta has voted to legalise marriage equality in its parliament. The country’s marriage laws will be changed to replace words such as “husband” and “wife” with the gender-neutral “spouse,” and the terms “mother” and “father” were also made gender-neutral, the BBC reported. Only one of 67 parliamentarians in the staunchly Catholic …

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A woman got engaged to her police officer girlfriend during the London Pride parade on Saturday. Crowds around the couple cheered and the officer’s colleagues shouted in celebration as the woman got down on one knee. Her girlfriend said yes, and video of the proposal posted on the British Transport Police’s social media accounts quickly …

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West Australian Liberal Senator Dean Smith

Liberal Senator Dean Smith has confirmed he is drafting a marriage equality bill in a bid to pass the reform before the next election. “The bill is important because it will allow the Liberal Party to revisit the issue of marriage once and for all before the next election,” the openly gay senator told Perth’s …

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