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Eric Abetz challenged over his opposition to intersex people marrying

Eric Abetz challenged over his opposition to intersex people marrying

Senator Eric Abetz says the senate missed an opportunity to create a unifying moment for the Australian people by rejecting all of the amendments put forward in the marriage bill debate. Throughout the debate the senator raised concerns about transgender and intersex people being allowed to wed, but now says he has no problem with […]

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Lyle Shelton says senators who voted against marriage bill are courageous

Lyle Shelton says senators who voted against marriage bill are courageous

The Coalition for Marriage has praised the senators who voted against or abstained from voting on the marriage bill. In a statement Lyle Shelton, who is also the head of the Australian Christian Lobby, said the senators who didn’t support the bill had shown a courageous commitment to freedom. Voting against the bill was the […]

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Nationals MPs accuse Prime Minister Turnbull of weak leadership

Nationals MPs accuse Prime Minister Turnbull of weak leadership

Two National party MPs have accused Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull of being a weak leader. Victorian MP Andrew Broad said the Prime Minister had shown “a clear failure of leadership” by ignoring the concerns of conservative MPs as the marriage bill was debated in the senate. Broad told the ABC’s AM program that he believed […]

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First five amendments to the marriage bill voted down

First five amendments to the marriage bill voted down

The federal senate has spent the day arguing about Senator Dean Smith’s marriage bill. Working into the night the senators have addressed a large number of proposed amendments to the bill with each subsequent proposed changed knocked back. Five amendments put forward by Senator James Paterson and Senator David Fawcett have failed to gain support […]

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Abetz: Smith’s marriage bill goes further than same-sex marriage

Abetz: Smith’s marriage bill goes further than same-sex marriage

Long-time opponent of LGBTI+ rights Senator Eric Abetz has said that the bill currently before the parliament to make changes to the Marriage Act goes far beyond the question that was put to the Australian people in the postal survey. Speaking in the Upper House today, Senator Abetz argued that marriage is a social unit […]

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Government MPs continue to argue about marriage legislation

The growing dispute between Liberal MP’s over what legislation might be introduced to amend the marriage laws continues to be played out in the Australian media. The Equality campaign is widely tipped to win the postal survey when the results are announced on Wednesday morning. Conservative MPs are now pushing for their version of a […]

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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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Eric Abetz wants protection for ‘conscientious objection’ to gay marriage

Eric Abetz wants protection for ‘conscientious objection’ to gay marriage

Liberal Senator Eric Abetz says he is still hopefully that the result of the marriage postal survey will be a win for the ‘No’ campaign, but if the Australian people have chosen to change the marriage laws he wants provisions for “conscientious objection” included in the marriage legislation. Speaking to The Guardian Australia, Senator Abetz […]

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Will marriage legislation lead to a roll back of anti-discrimination laws?

As the Turnbull government’s $120 million postal survey on marriage draws to a close, there is rising concern that the opponents of marriage equality will launch a new offensive against change, even if the majority of Australians indicate that they want same sex couples to have the right to wed. Will the bill that gets […]

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Julie Bishop: It’s too early to say what the marriage legislation will look like

Acting Prime Minister Julie Bishop says she believes the ‘Yes’ campaign will win the marriage postal survey, but comments that it’s too soon to know what the final legislation will be. The Western Australian MP is serving as the Acting Prime Minister for the first time after Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce, and Deputy Nationals leader […]

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