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First same-sex marriage set for next week following waiver of waiting period

First same-sex marriage set for next week following waiver of waiting period

A Melbourne couple have appealed the one month waiting period for intent to marry, and are likely to become the first same-sex marriage legally performed in Australia. Stephanie Dyball and her fiancé Megan Stapleton have been engaged since 2012, and were planning their wedding well in advance. Finally sick of waiting for the law to […]

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Perth couple to become first same sex divorce in Australia

Perth couple to become first same sex divorce in Australia

The amendments to the Marriage Act last week meant that those across the country woke up on Saturday with their international same-sex marriages finally recognised. For one Perth woman the announcement sparked an entirely different celebration: finally able to be divorced. The woman was married to her long time partner in Europe in 2015, but […]

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Anglican Bishops break ranks and supports Dean Smith’s marriage bill

Anglican Bishops break ranks and supports Dean Smith’s marriage bill

Religious leaders are calling on the government to insert amendments for religious freedom into Senator Dean Smith’s marriage bill before it becomes law. A group of Anglican Bishops however have broken ranks and declared their support for the bill in its current format. The Bishop of Wangaratta, John Parkes is leading a group of seven […]

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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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Cory Bernardi steps up campaign to delay marriage legislation

Cory Bernardi steps up campaign to delay marriage legislation

Australian Conservatives leader Cory Bernardi has stepped up his campaign pushing for the government to delay looking at any changes to the marriage legislation. Senator Bernardi argues that despite having just held a $120 million dollar national survey on the issue the government should not consider discussing the issue in parliament. Senator Bernardi argues that […]

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Julie Bishop reveals she voted ‘Yes’ in the postal survey

Julie Bishop reveals she voted ‘Yes’ in the postal survey

Deputy Liberal Leader Julie Bishop has revealed that she voted ‘Yes’ in the marriage postal survey. The member for Curtin told reporters that everyone had the right to “be with the person they love”. Bishop has previously only given vague responses to her position on marriage equality. Back in 2015 she told The Project that she […]

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ABS reveals seventy seven percent of Australians have returned marriage forms

ABS reveals seventy seven percent of Australians have returned marriage forms

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has revealed the latest statistics on the marriage postal survey, sharing that a massive 77 percent of Australians have taken part in the process. The Equality Campaign has welcomed the latest estimate of forms received and reminded YES voters that forms can be posted this week and still arrive in […]

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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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Comedian John Oliver rips into Australia’s marriage postal survey

Comedian John Oliver rips into Australia’s marriage postal survey

Comedian John Oliver has delivered a cutting take down of Australia’s marriage postal survey. Addressing Australia’s process for delaying marriage equality on his show Last Week Tonight, Oliver described the $120 million dollar process as the biggest waste of money since the last Baz Luhrmann film. In Oliver’s sights are Liberal MPs Kevin Andrews and Tony […]

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Lyle Shelton calls marriage equality “snobbery”

Lyle Shelton calls marriage equality “snobbery”

Lyle Shelton, spokesperson for the Coalition for Marriage and the Managing Director of the Australian Christian Lobby, has described marriage equality as “snobbery”. Speaking at an event in Coffs Harbour on Thursday night, Shelton told an audience that very few countries in the world had legislation to allow same sex couples to wed. “There’s only […]

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