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By Rodney Croome When I left Australian Marriage Equality (AME) in August 2016 I said it was to more vigorously oppose a plebiscite. That was true but it wasn’t the whole truth. I also left because the Equality Campaign that grew up around AME was shrinking marriage equality to a tiny political target by avoiding …

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A Russian same-sex couple who claim to have had their marriage recognised in the country through a legal loophole have been charged with “intentional damage to passports or negligence” by authorities. Eugene Wojciechowski and Paul Stotzko wed in Denmark earlier this month and returned home to Russia, where their Danish marriage certificate and passports were …

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Australians have ranked the legalisation of marriage equality as the most significant historical event to have shaped Australia, according to a recent study. The inaugural Life In Australia Historic Events Survey, conducted by the Social Research Centre, asked 2074 Australians between the ages of 18 and 93 to identify what they considered to be the …

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All same-sex couples who were recently married or plan to wed are being urged to update their wills to reflect their marital status. Peter Carne, the Public Trustee of Queensland, said a will needs to be reviewed after major life changes, including marriage, which will invalidate an existing will. “If your will hasn’t been updated …

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A Darwin couple has made history with the Northern Territory’s first same-sex wedding. Keith Edwards and Afham Janil had a low-key ceremony at the Darwin registry office on Monday, attended by a handful of friends. Keith told the NT News it was a relief to be able to marry his partner legally in Australia. “It …

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Brisbane marriage equality campaigners and supporters gathered at the Sportsman Hotel to celebrate the first same-sex marriages on January 9. Australian Marriage Equality Queensland director Peter Black, Shelley Argent from Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), Brisbane LGBTIQ advocate Phil Browne, and longtime marriage equality campaigner Bill Rudkin were among those who gathered …

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Getting married but don’t even know where to start planning your perfect wedding? Brisbane’s Broadway Chapel in Woolloongabba is owned and run by local couple James and Nick (pictured), and they’re thrilled to welcome the first same-sex couples to the heritage-listed venue. They’re offering prospective couples the chance to sign up for Same-Sex Marriage Boot …

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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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