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Court ruling brings marriage equality to the western hemisphere

Court ruling brings marriage equality to the western hemisphere

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights has ruled that marriage equality should be recognised without discrimination. The court holds jurisdiction over all countries who are signatories to the American Convention of Human Rights, and will see same-sex marriage become legal in a number of Latin and North American nations. The ruling is a result of […]

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Margaret Court says Australia “will pay” for allowing gay marriage

Margaret Court says Australia “will pay” for allowing gay marriage

Former tennis champion, the Reverend Margaret Court has declared she’ll be going crab fishing rather than attending this year’s Australian Open. Speaking to News Corp Reverend Court warned that Australia had made a mistake by voting in favour of marriage equality. During the marriage debate some tennis players had threatened to boycott the game because […]

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Check out this Perth couple’s romantic wedding proposal

A local Perth couple have enjoyed a romantic surprise wedding proposal in front of their friends and colleagues. Pete Fares and his partner Matt Cook shared their video with friends on Facebook. The couple, who both work at Dance Collective, were at the group’s end-of-year Christmas function when they went down to Bather’s Beach in […]

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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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Just four MP’s voted against marriage equality

Just four MP’s voted against marriage equality

Just four MPs ended up voting against marriage equality. Russel Broadbent, David Littleproud, Keith Pitt and Bob Katter sat on one side of the House of Representatives while the vast majority of politicians crammed themselves onto the other side of the chamber. With less than five MPs on the ‘No’ side, Speaker of the House […]

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George Brandis delivers moving speech during marriage bill debate

George Brandis delivers moving speech during marriage bill debate

Attorney General George Brandis has delivered a moving speech in support of marriage equality as the senate debates the bill which will allow same sex couples to wed. In his speech Senator Brandis recounted how the decriminalisation of Homosexuality had begun in South Australia 45 years ago, and one by one all Australian states had […]

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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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No voters launch petition calling for an audit of the result

No voters launch petition calling for an audit of the result

No voters have launched an online petition calling for a recount of the Australian Marriage Postal Survey. The petition at change.org claims that the results provided by the Australian Bureau of Statistics are “unreliable and do not represent the true numbers reflected by the Australian people.” The petition says that corruption is widespread throughout government departments and […]

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How the states voted in the marriage survey

How the states voted in the marriage survey

Australians have voiced their support for marriage equality with 61.6 per cent of people taking part in the marriage postal survey on marriage ticking the YES box on their survey forms. Every state has voted in favour of change. Support was strongest in the Australian Capital Territory where 74 per cent of people voted ‘Yes’. […]

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