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A Maori man has popped the big question to his Aboriginal partner on live TV. Richard Haeata and Robert Stewart were being interviewed on Kawekōrero Reporters about the Australian government’s decision to legalise same-sex marriage. “I can’t go down on one knee,” Haeata told Stewart. “But I would love you to marry me, if you …

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West Australian Liberal Senator Dean Smith

Liberal senator Dean Smith has said he’s “chuffed” to be receiving invitations to same-sex weddings in 2018. Smith’s same-sex marriage bill, co-signed by eight other senators, passed its final vote last Thursday amid emotional scenes in the House of Representatives. The senator, who is gay, told PerthNow that he’d been “inundated” with personal stories from …

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HIV prevention advocates have welcomed a $53 million commitment from federal Labor in a bid to end HIV transmission in Australia. The plan draws from a blueprint released by the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations in August, which said an extra investment of $32.5 million a year would deliver $82 million worth of savings to …

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Two Perth women are finally able to file for one of Australia’s first same-sex divorces now that Australian marriage equality has come into effect. The couple married at a foreign consulate in Perth in 2015, under the laws of a European country where same-sex marriage was legal. But when they separated, the couple discovered that …

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The first same-sex couples will be able to get married under Australian law from early January. Following Thursday’s historic marriage equality vote, Governor-General Peter Cosgrove signed off on the laws on Friday, which was the final step allowing marriage equality to officially start on Saturday, December 9. This means the first weddings could happen from …

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The Equality Campaign has thanked the Australian people and congratulated the parliament for passing the same-sex marriage bill into law on Thursday afternoon. This bill ensures every LGBTI Australian will now be treated equally with the same dignity and respect as their fellow Australians and will be able to marry the person they love. We …

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Australia’s ambassador to France, Brendan Berne, proposed to his longtime partner just hours after the parliament passed marriage equality yesterday. “HE SAID YES!” Brendan Berne wrote on social media alongside a video of the proposal to Thomas Marti in Paris. In the video he says, “As ambassador to France, this is a great day for …

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A married Canberra couple who vowed to get a divorce if same-sex marriage was made legal have said they will not be following through with the pledge. Nick and Sarah Jensen announced in 2015 they would end their 12-year marriage if marriage equality was legalised. In a statement to News Corp after parliament resoundingly passed …

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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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