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No campaign for marriage gets the most media coverage

No campaign for marriage gets the most media coverage

The Coalition for Marriage claim to be the voice of the silent majority, and regularly argue that their voice is being shut out of the debate on marriage equality, but several surveys have shown that the claim is simply not true. A survey commissioned by The Guardian, and conducted by Isentia Research and Insights, has shown […]

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It’s a Yes from Bob Hawke and Blanche d’Alpuget

It’s a Yes from Bob Hawke and Blanche d’Alpuget

Former Prime Minister Bob Hawke and his wife Blanche d’Alpuget are backing the YES campaign for marriage equality. The Equality campaign released a video and image of the respected politician filling out his marriage postal survey. “Our campaign is delighted to have the support of one of the greatest Australian Prime Ministers because he is […]

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‘Straight Lives Matter’ rally in Sydney draws tiny crowd

‘Straight Lives Matter’ rally in Sydney draws tiny crowd

A ‘Straight Lives Matter’ rally held in Sydney on Saturday attracted a meager crowd of less than 20 people. The event, which was organised by far-right group Party for Freedom to “white heteronormativity” attracted more media, police and counter-protesters than supporters. The event was held in Green Park just a few hundred metres away from […]

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Equality campaign’s mass SMS exercise causes anger

The Equality campaign has upset some Australians, from both sides of the marriage debate, by sending out an SMS encouraging people to select Yes in the postal survey. The text message notes that the government’s marriage survey forms have now arrived and encourages people to tick the ‘Yes’ box on the forms. It also contains […]

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Say Yes! Marriage equality advocates launch online campaign hub

A broad coalition of grassroots groups from across the nation will today roll out campaign infrastructure in case the postal plebiscite goes ahead, aiming to facilitate more than half a million calls in support of equality over the coming weeks. Partners include The Equality Campaign, just.equal, Sydney Mardi Gras and GetUp; as well as PFLAG, […]

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Lyle Shelton says most gay couples don’t want to get married

Lyle Shelton says most gay couples don’t want to get married

Lyle Shelton, the Managing Director of the Australian Christian Lobby says gay couples don’t to get married and the entire marriage equality debate is about ulterior motives. Shelton, one of the leading voices of the NO campaign, was a appearing on Sky News when he made the claim. “I don’t think this debate has even […]

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Marriage equality advocates vow to fight revived plebiscite plan

Marriage equality advocates vow to fight revived plebiscite plan

Marriage equality advocates have slammed the Liberal party’s decision to maintain their policy of holding a plebiscite on marriage equality. Following a party room meeting the Liberal MPs voted to resubmit their failed plebiscite policy to the senate, adding the threat of rolling out a postal plebiscite if the opposition and crossbench don’t pass the […]

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Mixed responses to Senator Dean Smith’s marriage equality bill

Mixed responses to Senator Dean Smith’s marriage equality bill

The reaction to the private members bill for marriage equality, put forward by Western Australian Senator Dean Smith, has been mixed. The proposal, which is based on the outcomes of a senate inquiry into the issue, allows protections for churches, and establishes a new category of ‘religious civil celebrant’. While also changing the marriage act to […]

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Peter Dutton argues for postal plebiscite

Peter Dutton argues for postal plebiscite

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has renewed his push for a postal plebiscite to decide the issue of marriage equality. “There’s no doubt in my mind that a postal plebiscite delivers the same policy intent as a plebiscite proper.” Dutton said during an interview with SKY News this morning. “The plebiscite proper can’t get through the senate, […]

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Predominantly Catholic nation Malta legalises same-sex marriage

Predominantly Catholic nation Malta legalises same-sex marriage

Malta is the latest country to embrace marriage equality, following in the footsteps of Germany, Taiwan and 22 other nations. Europe’s smallest country changed its laws so that marriage ceremonies will no longer pronounce ‘you are now husband and wife’, instead they will declare ‘you are now spouses’. Birth certificates will also now declare parents […]

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