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Olympic athletes Emily Seebohm and Mitch Larkin have urged all Queenslanders to vote “yes” for marriage equality as soon as they receive their survey forms. Larkin, Seebohm and Brisbane gay couple Luke Nixon and Eddie Sahovic (all pictured, below) addressed an event in Queen Street Mall in Brisbane on Sunday to launch the nationwide #PostYourYES …

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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is one of 24 Coalition MPs to sign a statement urging Australians to vote “yes” in the same-sex marriage postal survey. The Guardian reported the statement is signed by Liberal and National MPs and senators including cabinet ministers Simon Birmingham, Christopher Pyne, George Brandis, Kelly O’Dwyer, Darren Chester, Greg Hunt, Josh …

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The High Court of Australia has ruled that the month’s same-sex marriage postal survey is constitutional and will go ahead as planned. The Australian Bureau of Statistics will begin mailing out survey forms with the question “Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?” from September 12, with all 16 million forms …

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A marriage equality rally will be held this Sunday in the Brisbane CBD. The High Court began hearings into the validity of the federal government’s same-sex marriage postal survey began on Tuesday, but organisers from Equal Love Brisbane have said that regardless of the outcome a rally will be held to call for marriage equality …

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An Adelaide musician’s musical open letter to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on the issue of marriage equality has gone viral on social media. The 22-year-old recorded the song “Dear Malcolm Turnbull” with a group of volunteer musicians and posted it to his Facebook page, where it’s been viewed more than 103,000 times in less than …

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Grandmother and doctor Kerryn Phelps features in a new TV advertisement that hits back at the ad released this week by same-sex marriage “no” campaigners. The “no” ad, created by the Coalition for Marriage and first aired on Tuesday, attempted to conflate marriage equality with sex education in schools and has been widely criticised as …

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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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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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The Australian Bureau of Statistics has confirmed it will provide a paperless option for specific groups of people to vote in the same-sex marriage postal survey. This will include Australians who are “overseas or who cannot reasonably receive their material via post”. The ABS said in a statement that the paperless option would also extend …

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