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Submissions to Ruddock religious freedom inquiry will not be published

Submissions to Ruddock religious freedom inquiry will not be published

The federal government inquiry into religious freedom has come under fire once again, with news that submissions will be kept secret from the Australian public. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s office today revealed to the Sydney Morning Herald that the panel would not publish the submissions – which are ordinarily freely available to the public. “Submissions […]

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just.equal raise concerns over Ruddock’s religious freedom inquiry

just.equal raise concerns over Ruddock’s religious freedom inquiry

Australian LGBTI advocacy group just.equal have launched a petition to combat any roll back of anti-discrimination laws following the passage of marriage equality. The group are concerned that the Prime Minister’s inquiry into religious freedom, led by former Liberal MP Philip Ruddock, may see protections for LGBTI people revoked. “The current religious freedom movement has […]

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Marriage equality bill passes House of Representatives

Marriage equality bill passes House of Representatives

Senator Dean Smith’s Marriage Bill has passed through the lower house of parliament, bringing marriage equality into Australian law. Following the ‘Yes’ result of the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey the co-sponsored bill has been hotly debated for the last two weeks, but remains unchanged by amendments from conservatives and The Greens. Amendments put forward […]

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Bishop threatens to abandon registering all marriages if Yes vote wins

Bishop threatens to abandon registering all marriages if Yes vote wins

A Western Australian Anglican Bishop is threatening to stop registering all marriages should the YES campaign be successful in the marriage postal survey. Gary Nelson, the Bishop of the diocese of North West Australia, has told The West Australian that he will stop all marriages, if he’s not satisfied with the details of the legislation that […]

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Rock legend Little Richard calls gay relationships “unnatural”

Rock legend Little Richard calls gay relationships “unnatural”

Rock legend Little Richard has declared same-sex relationships are unnatural, despite having come out himself a few years ago. Appearing on a Christian broadcast in the USA, just a few weeks ago, the 84-year old rocker said faith was important to him, and same-sex relationships were unnatural. “When I first come in show business they […]

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Rugby star Israel Folau declares his opposition to marriage equality

Rugby star Israel Folau declares his opposition to marriage equality

Australian Rugby League may have declared their support for marriage equality, same-sex couples and rainbow families, but one of the game’s biggest stars has declared his opposition. The Wallabies superstar player Israel Folau has declared he’s not in favour of same-sex couples being allowed to wed. “I love and respect all people for who they […]

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Australian Christians for Marriage Equality in launched in Sydney

Australian Christians for Marriage Equality in launched in Sydney

Australian Christians for Marriage Equality launched a public campaign today in support of the YES vote for marriage equality. Australian Christians for Marriage Equality is a national campaign bringing together churches, church organisations, ordained ministers and ordinary Christians who support civil marriage equality. The organisations national launch was held in Sydney today, but a WA branch […]

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Hillsong Church says changes to marriage law won’t affect them

Hillsong Church says changes to marriage law won’t affect them

The Hillsong Church has declared its opposed to allowing same-sex couples the right to wed, but also acknowledges that if the law is changed it will have no affect on the church’s operations. Brian Houston, the founder of the  Pentecostal Mega-Church has released a statement saying the the bible is clear in it’s definition of […]

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Over 500 religious leaders send marriage equality support to PM

Over 500 religious leaders send marriage equality support to PM

More than five hundred religious leaders have sent an open letter to the Prime Minister and the Government in support of marriage equality as a matter of social justice and calling for it to be resolved by a vote in the parliament as the Liberal Party convenes this afternoon to discuss marriage equality. Australian Marriage […]

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Are you a same sex attracted person of faith?

Are you a same sex attracted person of faith?

Are you a same-sex attracted person of faith? A research project at Edith Cowan University is seeking participants for a study that is looking into the well-being of same-sex attracted people of faith, to obtain information regarding any possible association between religion/spirituality, self-esteem, and resilience in adolescents. Researcher Mel Jame is seeking participants over the […]

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