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Italian Senate passes same-sex unions with amendments

Italian Senate passes same-sex unions with amendments

Italy have made steps towards legalising same-sex unions after making a number of amendments to previously proposed bills. The bill was stalled in Italy’s upper house for many weeks due to a raging debate over a provision which would allow one partner to adopt the child of the other. Lawmakers have removed the adoption clause, which […]

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Matt Dallas and Blue Hamilton introduce their son

Matt Dallas and Blue Hamilton introduce their son

Matt Dallas, the star of TV show ‘Kyle XY’ and his husband musician Brandon Blue Hamilton have revealed that they’re parents after adopting a little boy. In a YouTube video the couple explain how they considered all the different options for starting a family ranging from surrogacy to overseas adoptions and private adoptions. Finally the […]

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Czech Republic court recognises same-sex parents

Czech Republic court recognises same-sex parents

A Czech court has acknowledged the legal rights of a gay couple as the parents of adopted twins for the first time in the country’s history. This landmark ruling has given the Czech LGBTIQ community hope this watershed decision will make way for permanent legal rights for same-sex parents and adoption. Czech publication ‘Prague Post’ reports […]

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Same-sex adoption bill passes in Victorian Parliament

Same-sex adoption bill passes in Victorian Parliament

The Victorian Parliament have passed legislation permitting same-sex couples to adopt, accepting amendments from the Upper House. The amendments applied exemptions for religious organisations, allowing them to refuse adoptions on the basis of faith. The Victorian Labor government had set out with the intention of there being no exemptions and considered dumping the bill after […]

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Victorian Government introduce bill to end adoption discrimination

Victorian Government introduce bill to end adoption discrimination

Victoria’s Labor Government under Premier Daniel Andrews will introduce a bill this week that will amend the state’s Adoption Act, making sex and gender identity irrelevant to the process of couples adopting children. Minister for Equality Martin Foley says the law will provide certainty for children of LGBTIQ couples and their parents. “There are thousands […]

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New study shows strong community support for gay men

New study shows strong community support for gay men

A new study out of Victoria’s Swinburne University of Technology has shown strong community acceptance of gay men in Australia. The report, entitled ‘Support for gay men: An Australian study’ surveyed just under 600 heterosexual identifying people and found that 87% of Australians would support and accept a gay male friend, while 74% support same-sex […]

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Austria Lifts Ban on Adoption for Same Sex Couples

Austria Lifts Ban on Adoption for Same Sex Couples

In Austria, the Constitutional Court has struck down a ban on same sex adoption. Prior to the ruling, those in same sex relationships were only able to adopt the biological children of their partner. Now, couples will be able to jointly adopt non-biological children. Chief Judge Gerhart Holzinger stated that the restriction went against the […]

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Martin Foley is Victoria’s First Minister for LGBTI Equality

Martin Foley is Victoria’s First Minister for LGBTI Equality

Following Labor’s victory in Victoria’s recent state election, the new state government has appointed a minister for LGBTI equality. Martin Foley, MP of Albert Park since 2007 has been appointed to the position, making him the first government minister at a state or federal level in Australia to be given an LGBTIQ equality portfolio. The […]

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Hanson Against Gay Marriage and Adoption

Hanson Against Gay Marriage and Adoption

Pauline Hanson has tackled the topic of same sex marriage in her first interview since announcing her return to politics. Speaking to Kyle Sandilands and Jackie O on 2DayFM, Hanson argued that same sex marriage was ‘not what the diggers fought for’ while outlining her opposition against same sex marriage, adoption and access to reproductive […]

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