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Australia’s decades-long journey towards marriage equality will be chronicled in a documentary screening on SBS tomorrow night, on the first anniversary of the “yes” vote. The documentary, titled Australia Says Yes, will look back at the emotional struggle for social and political change – from 1960’s campaigning to decriminalise homosexuality through to the postal survey’s …

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By Timothy W. Jones, La Trobe University November 15, 2018 is the one-year anniversary of Australians voting “yes” to marriage equality. The survey was an unprecedented two-month exercise in engaging with current Australian community values around sexuality and relationships. The survey returned a clear result, with 61.6% in favour of allowing same-sex couples to marry. …

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Qnews Magazine Marriage Equality community forum

One year on from the historic and overwhelming “yes” vote for marriage equality on November 15 last year, QNews Magazine is holding a community forum to celebrate the anniversary. At the event we want to explore the questions: Where is our community now? Where we are going? Where do others want to take us? In …

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Michael Kirby

Former high court judge Michael Kirby is planning to marry his longtime partner Johan van Vloten next year, on the 50th anniversary of their first meeting. The esteemed human rights campaigner, who served as a judge the High Court from 1996 to 2009, famously savaged last year’s same-sex marriage postal survey as “unacceptable” and disrespectful …

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Brisbane Festival Qweens on King

Just a few weeks ahead of the 12-month anniversary of the “yes” vote, Queensland has reached the milestone of 1000 registered same-sex marriages. Marriage equality legislation was passed on December 8 last year but couples had to wait a further 30 days before being able to tie the knot. Since then, there has been an …

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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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