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LGBTI advocates back Greens push for charter of rights

LGBTI advocates have joined calls from The Greens for a senate inquiry into an Australian Charter of Rights. Following the passage of marriage equality last year, The Greens want to see Australia establish a bill of rights to solidify the rights of those who are discriminated against in our country. Greens’ Senator Nick McKim says […]

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Gay marriage has made it an ‘Annus Horribilis’ says Catholic Archbishop

Gay marriage has made it an ‘Annus Horribilis’ says Catholic Archbishop

The combination of gay marriage, legalised euthanasia and criticism of the church’s history of failing to address sexual abuse, has made 2018 a ‘Annus Horribilis’ for Christians according to Anthony Fisher, the Catholic Archbishop of Sydney. “For people of faith you might say it has been an ‘annus horribilis’, as our Christian conceptions of life […]

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LGBTI advocates concerned by new Philip Ruddock appointee

LGBTI advocates concerned by new Philip Ruddock appointee

LGBTI advocates have expressed concern about the latest appointee to the religious freedom review of the recent changes to the Marriage Act, headed by former Abbott Government Attorney General Philip Ruddock. Philip Ruddock, the Howard Government minister who introduced the bill in 2004 that excluded same-sex couples from marriage in Australia, has been a controversial […]

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Advocates welcome call to reduce discrimination in marriage bill

Advocates welcome call to reduce discrimination in marriage bill

Marriage equality advocates have praised the Greens for new attempts to reduce discrimination towards LGBTI+ Australians in Senator Dean Smith’s co-sponsored marriage bill. The House of Representatives’ sole Green MP Adam Bandt said he will re-introduce amendments to the bill to limit exemptions that allow discrimination in wedding services against marrying couples, including same-sex couples, […]

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Marriage equality advocates share their joy at bill passing senate

Marriage equality advocates share their joy at bill passing senate

Advocates for marriage equality have welcomed the passage of Senator Dean Smith’s marriage bill through the senate. Gathering outside parliament just after the vote was held, politicians from all sides of the chamber said they were overjoyed that after more than a decade of campaigning, and a long drawn out postal survey process, the parliament […]

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Government appoints Philip Ruddock to review religious freedoms

Government appoints Philip Ruddock to review religious freedoms

The Turnbull government has appointed former Attorney General Philip Ruddock to review religious freedoms in Australia. The appointment comes as government members argue over the amount of religious protections to be incorporated into the nation’s marriage laws following the resounding ‘Yes’ response from the national marriage postal survey. The bill currently before parliament was developed […]

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LGBTI advocates call for no discrimination to be created via marriage bills

LGBTI advocates call for no discrimination to be created via marriage bills

Several high-profile LGBTI equality advocates have written to all federal members asking that no extra provisions allowing discrimination be included in the Marriage Act in return for the right of same-sex couples to marry. The letter comes as Senator James Paterson unveils a marriage amendment bill that will override state anti-discrimination laws so that same-sex […]

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ACL boss Lyle Shelton argues that religious beliefs need to be respected

ACL boss Lyle Shelton argues that religious beliefs need to be respected

Lyle Shelton, the Executive Director of the Australian Christian Lobby, has said he would have no problem with a law which allowed people to discriminate against others because of their religious beliefs. In a fiery debate with long term LGBTI rights activist Rodney Croome, Shelton put forward the Coalition for Marriage’s view about religious protections […]

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The Greens back Senator Dean Smith’s marriage bill

The Greens back Senator Dean Smith’s marriage bill

The Greens have voiced their support for Liberal Senator Dean Smith’s private members bill that would bring in marriage equality in Australia. While the results of the government’s non-compulsory non-binding postal survey on the issue won’t be known until Wednesday morning, it is widely predicted that the ‘Yes’ campaign will be successful in showing that […]

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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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