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There’s no point crying over spilt milk. But that’s not the reason why dairy farmer Jason Smith was shedding some tears while milking the cows last week. He was overcome with emotion as he listened live to the marriage equality bill passing in Parliament on his headphones. “I just got this feeling of being equal …

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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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It’s time! Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told parliament yesterday the legalisation of same-sex marriage was a “momentous social reform” as debate began in the lower house on a private bill passed by the Senate last week. “It’s time for us to get on with it,” Mr Turnbull said. “The Australian people have said yes to …

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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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The federal government’s Leader of the House Christopher Pyne has vowed that MPs won’t be leaving Canberra until same-sex marriage is legalised. The Turnbull government has cancelled a sitting week for the House of Representatives to allow the Senate to finish debating the same-sex marriage bill before it goes to the Lower House. The Lower …

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Few would argue with Trevor Evans’ notion that the resounding ‘Yes’ vote for marriage equality is a “national watershed moment”. As with the entire LGBT community, Evans (pictured), Queensland’s first openly gay Member of Parliament, wants a special Christmas present this year. “This is national watershed moment,” he told Fairfax Media, applauding the 80 per …

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If Australia returns a majority ‘Yes’ vote tomorrow and tells Parliament it wants same-sex marriage to be legalised it will be up to our politicians to sort it out. So the ABC asked all MPs how they would vote if, as expected, Australia says ‘Yes’. The list below details all the responses the ABC received …

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