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Senator James Paterson announces his own conservative marriage bill

Senator James Paterson announces his own conservative marriage bill

Liberal Senator James Paterson has announced he has developed his own marriage bill, which has more emphasis on religious protections than the bill put forward by colleague Senator Dean Smith. Writing in The Australian, Senator Paterson said he’d developed his marriage bill to ensure there were sufficiently robust protects for freedom of religion, freedom of speech and […]

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Anglicare WA dismisses marriage claims from Ian Goodenough

Anglicare WA dismisses marriage claims from Ian Goodenough

Chief Executive Officer for Anglicare WA, Ian Carter, has responded to Western Australian Federal MP Ian Goodenough’s comments yesterday concerning legislation for same–sex marriage. The Liberal MP (pictured) has argued that organisations like Anglicare could face funding cuts if proposed changes to the marriage laws were introduced without significant protections for charity bodies linked to […]

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Renewed calls for WA to update anti-discrimination laws

Renewed calls for WA to update anti-discrimination laws

Advocates for Western Australia’s LGBT community have launched a campaign to repeal the last piece of anti-homosexual legislation under State law. They are calling on the McGowan Government to close a loophole in the State’s Equal Opportunity Act which allows private schools to sack LGBTI teachers, expel LGBTI students and refuse to enrol children from […]

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Last chance to submit marriage survey forms

Last chance to submit marriage survey forms

The Equality Campaign is reminding supporters they have one last chance to vote YES for marriage equality — by hand delivering their postal survey forms by tomorrow afternoon. With the deadline now passed to return the forms by post, the only option left for the majority of eleventh-hour voters is to personally deliver forms to […]

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Cory Bernardi argues that marriage legislation should not be rushed in

Cory Bernardi argues that marriage legislation should not be rushed in

Australian Conservatives leader Cory Bernardi has argued that any legislation to allow same sex marriage will have to be carefully considered by the parliament, and may take some time before it could actually become law. Last week Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull restated his belief that if the marriage postal survey returned a ‘yes’ vote, the […]

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Please Sir, can I have some marriage rights and respect

Please Sir, can I have some marriage rights and respect

OPINION In the lead up to the marriage postal survey kicking off, and since it’s been underway, there’s one image that continually returns to my mind. It’s the moment that Oliver Twist walks up to Mr Bumble and asks for a second bowl of Gruel, uttering his most famous phrase “Please Sir, I want some […]

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Labor give their support to Dean Smith’s marriage bill

Labor give their support to Dean Smith’s marriage bill

Labor will encourage the government to accept Dean Smith’s private members bill for marriage equality, should the marriage postal survey return a ‘yes’ result. The government has promised MPs will be allowed a conscience vote on the issue of marriage equality should the $120 million dollar postal survey exercise indicate that the Australian people support […]

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Almost 11 million people have sent back their marriage survey forms

Almost 11 million people have sent back their marriage survey forms

The Equality Campaign has welcomed the announcement by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today that a further 800,000 Australians have returned their marriage surveys. The ABS has released the latest return estimates from the 16 million survey forms sent out last month. With only 10 days remaining until the recommended deadline to get the […]

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President Trump joked that Vice President Pence wanted to hang LGBTI people

President Trump joked that Vice President Pence wanted to hang LGBTI people

US President Donald Trump reportedly joked that his Vice President Mike Pence wanted to hang LGBTI people. The New Yorker has reported that Trump often makes fun of his running mates religious beliefs. Trump reportedly asked supporters who’d dropped by the Vice President’s office if he’d made them pray? During a discussion with a legal scholar […]

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United Nations condemns latest gay raid in Indonesia

United Nations condemns latest gay raid in Indonesia

The United Nations has condemned the latest crackdown on LGBT people in Indonesia, as well as recent actions in Egypt and Azerbaijan. Last week over 50 men were detained in Jakarta after a raid at a sauna. Homosexuality is not illegal in Indonesia, but vague laws relating to pornography as often used to raid establishments […]

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