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Government appoints Philip Ruddock to review religious freedoms

Government appoints Philip Ruddock to review religious freedoms

The Turnbull government has appointed former Attorney General Philip Ruddock to review religious freedoms in Australia. The appointment comes as government members argue over the amount of religious protections to be incorporated into the nation’s marriage laws following the resounding ‘Yes’ response from the national marriage postal survey. The bill currently before parliament was developed […]

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LGBTI advocates call for no discrimination to be created via marriage bills

LGBTI advocates call for no discrimination to be created via marriage bills

Several high-profile LGBTI equality advocates have written to all federal members asking that no extra provisions allowing discrimination be included in the Marriage Act in return for the right of same-sex couples to marry. The letter comes as Senator James Paterson unveils a marriage amendment bill that will override state anti-discrimination laws so that same-sex […]

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ACL boss Lyle Shelton argues that religious beliefs need to be respected

ACL boss Lyle Shelton argues that religious beliefs need to be respected

Lyle Shelton, the Executive Director of the Australian Christian Lobby, has said he would have no problem with a law which allowed people to discriminate against others because of their religious beliefs. In a fiery debate with long term LGBTI rights activist Rodney Croome, Shelton put forward the Coalition for Marriage’s view about religious protections […]

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The Greens back Senator Dean Smith’s marriage bill

The Greens back Senator Dean Smith’s marriage bill

The Greens have voiced their support for Liberal Senator Dean Smith’s private members bill that would bring in marriage equality in Australia. While the results of the government’s non-compulsory non-binding postal survey on the issue won’t be known until Wednesday morning, it is widely predicted that the ‘Yes’ campaign will be successful in showing that […]

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Marriage equality advocates say there’s no need for protections

Marriage equality advocates say there’s no need for protections

Equality advocates have launched a campaign against any new legal discrimination against same-sex and other couples if the Marriage Act is amended to allow same-sex couples to marry. The campaign includes a webform to allow equality supporters to email MPs, a survey of the LGBTI community to determine its views on further discrimination in the […]

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Government rushes to introduce laws to govern campaign materials

As the debate over whether Australia will allow same-sex couples the right to wed, the simple act of opening the letter box has become a confronting proposition for LGBTI people and their families. Will there be a new round of pamphlets challenging the legitimacy of our relationships? A suggestion that we’re not suitable parents? An […]

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Turnbull: Anti-LGBTI+ posters part of democratic marriage debate

Turnbull: Anti-LGBTI+ posters part of democratic marriage debate

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has responded to hateful and misleading posters that were spotted in Melbourne yesterday, declaring they belong as part of a democratic debate. Speaking with hit92.9’s Em Rusciano and Harley Breen, the Prime Minister denounced the signs as “hurtful”, but did not commit to banning the posters which listed unscientific claims about […]

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“Stop The F*gs”: Posters with anti-gay slur appear in Melbourne’s CBD

As Australia draws closer to the postal survey on marriage equality posters featuring an anti-gay slur have appeared in Melbourne. The posters, which were shared on Twitter, claim that “92% of children raised by gay parents are abused,” citing other questionable statistics about higher rates of obesity and depression from a study that used a […]

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Advocates choose Yes campaign over postal vote boycott

Advocates choose Yes campaign over postal vote boycott

Marriage equality advocates have announced they will actively campaign for a ‘Yes’ vote in the upcoming postal plebiscite on marriage equality, after consulting with the LGBTI community. The survey of 5,261 LGBTI Australians across all demographics found that 88.7% oppose a postal vote on marriage equality, but 56.5% want to win it if it happens. […]

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Advocates urge Liberals to cross the floor on marriage equality

Advocates urge Liberals to cross the floor on marriage equality

Equality advocates are calling on members of the Liberal party who support marriage equality to cross the floor and vote for reform. The outcry comes just after the Liberal party decided to retain their position to hold a plebiscite on marriage equality, after much speculation about a possible free vote on a newly crafted bill […]

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