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same-sex marriage


Australian Marriage Equality meets with same-sex marriage activists in Taiwan

Taiwan will hold a public vote on November 24 on whether the country should recognise same-sex marriage. The country’s top court ruled last year that same-sex couples in Taiwan have the constitutional right to marry, a historic first for Asia. The court instructed authorities to enact laws legalising marriage equality within two years. But the …

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Romanian LGBTIQ groups have celebrated the failure of a constitutional referendum that would’ve banned same-sex marriage. Romanians went to the polls over the weekend for the referendum on whether the constitutional definition of marriage should be changed from a union of “spouses” to one exclusively of a man and a woman. Neither same-sex marriage nor …

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A US man has proposed as soon as his partner regained his hearing after having cochlear implants fitted. Louisiana man Kerry Kennedy and his now-fiancé Hayward Duresseau faced a brutal six month road to recovery after meningitis robbed Duresseau of his hearing. Hospitalised for three weeks, the man lost his sight, his hearing and he …

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Brisbane's secret history of same-sex weddings

Long before civil unions or legalised same-sex marriage became a reality in Queensland, a newspaper reported on men marrying each other in 1930’s Brisbane. According to the Arrow newspaper, “The growth of the pervert population of Brisbane, beautiful capital of Queensland, is astounding, and in the last year hundreds of these queer semi-feminine men have …

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lord ivar mountbatten gay royal wedding

The Queen’s cousin, Lord Ivar Mountbatten, has become the first member of the extended royal family to have a same-sex wedding. Mountbatten (pictured, right) wed his partner James Coyle at an intimate ceremony in front of 60 people on Lord Mountbatten’s estate in Devon on Saturday, the Daily Mail reported. Lord Mountbatten, who is the …

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Queensland Couple Brad and Scott

A gay couple whose emotional reaction to the announcement of the “yes” result last November went viral have wed in Brisbane. Brad Harker and Scott D’Amico (pictured) were among those gathered in Queens Park to hear the result announced on November 15. The couple became the local face of celebrations as photographs and footage spread …

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Uniting Network conversion therapy

By Robyn J. Whitaker, University of Divinity From Friday, September 21, the Uniting Church (UCA) will be the first of the three major Australian Christian denominations to endorse same-sex marriage, and thus the first to offer gay and lesbian Christians the option of a church ceremony. This move comes nine months after same-sex marriage was …

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Brisbane Festival Qweens on King

Eight Brisbane same-sex couples have tied the knot in a history-making public ceremony kicking off both the Brisbane Festival and Brisbane Pride Festival last weekend. One of the couples who took part in the event is Christian Leatherbarrow and Brad Hicks, who said “I do” on stage dressed in drag at the Qweens on King …

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Brisbane Rainbow Flag Vandalised

Brisbane’s LGBTI Legal Service has lodged a formal complaint of vilification against 25 people who “engaged in public acts of hate speech” during the same-sex marriage postal survey last year. LGBTI Legal Service President Matilda Alexander said the service had collected over 220 examples of hate speech, ranging from individual posts on social media pages …

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Louise Pratt Scott Morrison

Labor’s newly-appointed Shadow Assistant Minister for Equality Louise Pratt has voiced her concerns over new Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s record on LGBTIQ issues. The Western Australian Senator, who recently took over the portfolio pioneered by Queensland MP Terri Butler, said many people had reached out to her following Morrison’s ascension to Prime Minister last week, …

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