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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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Celebrities and high-profile marriage equality supporters across the country have taken to social media to celebrate Australia finally legislating the reform. The same-sex marriage legislation passed in a landslide final vote in the lower house on Thursday evening, with the first Australian same-sex weddings to start in early January. Here's to every Australian LGBTIQ elder …

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The same-sex marriage legislation will finally put an end to cruel laws forcing married transgender Australians to divorce if they want their birth certificate changed to reflect their gender identity. Under Queensland law, couples who get an opposite-sex marriage before one partner transitions are forced to divorce before the transgender partner can change their birth …

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North Queensland MP Bob Katter has come under fire for giving a bizarre, rambling and extremely homophobic speech on marriage equality to the parliament. In his speech, Katter declared himself to not be “anti-homosexual” but dismissed the dozens of heartfelt speeches – including a marriage proposal – delivered in the parliament on the issue as …

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Former Big Brother contestant Tim Dormer has opened up about he and fiance Ash Toweel’s recent engagement party. Tim told Who magazine he plans to marry his partner Ash Toweel next year and spoke about his joy at see his conservative parents enjoy themselves at the couple’s recent bush dance-inspired engagement party. “It was a …

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Austria’s Constitutional Court has ruled that from 2019 the country’s same-sex couples will have the right to marry. Under existing laws, LGBTI Austrians have been able to enter into civil partnerships since 2010 but the country’s definition of marriage included “different sex” partners only. Those existing laws will end on December 31 next year, unless …

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Magda Szubanski has slammed Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull for his speech on same-sex marriage earlier this week, urging him to tone down his “gloating”. The actor and comedian said on Tuesday that she thought the prime minister’s speech the day before was inappropriate following the negative experience many LGBTI people had during the same-sex marriage …

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Qnews Magazine Marriage Equality community forum

LGBTI Australians have reported a shocking increase in the amount of verbal and physical harassment during the postal survey campaign, according to new research. The Australia Institute and the National LGBTI Health Alliance have released the preliminary findings of a survey of 9,500 LGBTI Australians, as well as friends and family, as debate continues on …

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Labor MP Linda Burney has paid tribute to her late son Binni during a powerful speech on same-sex marriage. Burney, Australia’s first female indigenous MP, explained her longstanding support for marriage equality to colleagues in the parliament on Tuesday. “I have never had a second thought. It seemed so obvious to me,” she said. Her …

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Liberal MP Tim Wilson has proposed to his long-term partner Ryan Bolger in emotional scenes in the federal parliament ahead of the same-sex marriage bill’s final vote. “In my first speech I defined our bond by the ring that sits on both of our left hands,” Mr Wilson told the parliament. “They are the answer …

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