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Philip Ruddock has said that public submissions to the religious freedom review will be published online and the deadline to submit them has been extended. The former Howard Government minister is heading an expert panel to review “whether Australian law adequately protects the human right to religious freedom” following the passage of same-sex marriage legislation …

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A landmark court ruling has directed 16 Latin American countries to enact marriage equality. The ruling was handed down by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, based in San Jose in Costa Rica, to which 20 countries that have signed the American Convention on Human Rights are bound. The judges were responding to a petition …

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Centrelink has apologised after a Brisbane mother received an automated message refusing to recognise her same-sex marriage earlier this week. Lorraine Pacey told Fairfax Media she was attempting to apply for a childcare rebate and change her marital status through the Centrelink website, but was refused on the basis that her marriage was not legally …

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State and territory Premiers have been urged to take action to scrap Australia’s cruel “forced transgender divorce” laws as soon as possible. In all states and territories except South Australia and the Australian Capital Territory, couples who enter an opposite-sex marriage before one partner transitions are forced to divorce before the trans partner can update …

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One of the writers of Australian soap Neighbours has revealed that the script for the episode had to be changed after Australia’s historic “yes” vote for marriage equality. Neighbours’ first episode of the year, aired last night, saw character David Tanaka pop the question to his boyfriend Aaron Brennan in the long-running show’s first ever …

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The first Queensland couple has tied the knot on the first official day of marriage equality. Australia’s same-sex marriage legislation was passed exactly one month ago and while some couples were granted exemptions, today is the first official day of same-sex ceremonies. Queensland athletes Craig Burns and Luke Sullivan timed their vows so they could …

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Athletes Craig Burns and Luke Sullivan are expected to become the first Queensland same-sex couple to legally tie the knot. Australia’s same-sex marriage legislation came into effect on December 9, and the couple wasted no time giving their required one month’s notice of their intention to wed. They’ll marry as soon as they legally can …

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Australian tennis champion Margaret Court has remained defiant in her opposition to marriage equality. The 24-time Grand Slam winner, who is now a pastor in Perth, told the Herald Sun that same-sex marriage was a “trend” and Australia “will pay” for its decision to legalise it in December. “I think there will be a price …

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Twelve days after making history in Western Australia’s first same-sex wedding, Perth woman Lyn Hawkins has tragically lost her battle with ovarian cancer. Lyn met longtime partner Anne Sedgwick in 1979 and a year later the couple shared a commitment ceremony. Last month, Lyn and Anne applied for an exemption to waive the required one …

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The former governor of a New South Wales prison has raised concerns about same-sex attracted inmates wanting to marry cellmates while in custody after the legalisation of same-sex marriage. In an opinion piece for the Daily Telegraph, former Grafton Correctional Centre boss John Heffernan said the decision to allow same-sex couples to marry created a …

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