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The first TV advertisement promoting a “no” vote in the upcoming same-sex marriage postal survey has been criticised as “deliberately misleading”. The ad, produced by the Coalition for Marriage and authorised by Marriage Alliance spokeswoman Sophie York, was released online and aired on TV on Tuesday evening. The ad attempts to conflate the legalisation of …

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A Sydney theatre company has said it “won’t be silenced” after cast, crew and audience members at a performance of “Holding The Man” had their tyres slashed. At least 12 people had their tyres damaged at Lane Cove Theatre Company’s performance of the stage version of Timothy Conigrave’s autobiographical same-sex love story on Saturday. LCTC’s …

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Political conservatives who support same-sex marriage have launched a campaign urging voters to say ‘yes’ in next month’s postal survey on the issue. The campaign features messages from senior Liberals and Nationals including federal ministers Christopher Pyne and Kelly O’Dwyer, as well as Queenslanders Trevor Evans and Sue Boyce. Pyne said: “I’ll be campaigning for …

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Marriage equality campaigners have welcomed the Australian Electoral Commission’s announcement that there are more Australians on the electoral roll than ever before ahead of next month’s marriage postal survey. More than 16 million Australians are enrolled and eligible to participate in next month’s marriage postal survey, the largest electoral roll since Federation, the Australian Electoral …

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A church in Melbourne has backed marriage equality and said that it wants to be the first church in the country to marry a same-sex couple. St Michael’s Uniting Church posted photos to its Facebook of a large rainbow sign they’ve put outside reading “MARRIAGE EQUALITY YES”. The church’s executive minister Reverend Ric Holland (pictured) …

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Magda Szubanski has shared a heartbreaking story of inequality as she urged Australians to enrol to vote in the same-sex marriage survey before the August 24 deadline. Five years after she came out on Channel Ten’s The Project, Szubanski returned to the show to give a powerful speech about the effects Australia’s delay to legislate …

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Thor star Chris Hemsworth has backed marriage equality ahead of tonight’s deadline to enrol to vote on the issue. “Dear open minded, free speaking, laid back, life loving Aussies,” the 34-year-old wrote on his Instagram. “Marriage is about love and commitment and, in a country based on equal citizenship, it should be available to everyone! …

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Victorian Nationals MP and Turnbull government minister Darren Chester says he’s voting “yes” in the same-sex marriage postal vote because he wants young LGBTI Australians in rural areas to feel more accepted. “I think it does send a strong message of acceptance,” Chester told HuffPost. “We have rates of self-harm and suicide among young regional …

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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has called for respectful campaigning on same-sex marriage and urged Australians to support each other during the debate on the issue. Graphic anti-gay posters and pamphlets denigrating LGBTI people were reportedly spotted last weekend in Melbourne and Sydney. In a heated interview on Tuesday, 2DayFM host Em Rusciano told Mr Turnbull …

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Warning: graphic content An anti-gay poster emblazoned with a gay slur and claims denigrating same-sex couples’ children has been spotted in Melbourne. The posters, which Twitter user Dan Leach-McGill says he spotted in Heffernan Lane in Melbourne at the weekend, make several claims including stating incorrectly that “92% of children raised by gay parents are …

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