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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 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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PFLAG head critical of accusations of bullying by the YES Campaign

PFLAG head critical of accusations of bullying by the YES Campaign

The national spokesperson for Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays has spoken out against claims of bullying from YES voters in the postal survey on marriage equality. PFLAG’s Shelley Argent has released a statement critical of the government’s public vote on the rights of LGBTI Australians. “As National Spokesperson for parents with LGBTIQ sons […]

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PFLAGs Shelley Argent shares letter asking friends to support her son

PFLAGs Shelley Argent shares letter asking friends to support her son

National Spokesperson for Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, Shelley Argent, has penned a personal letter to her friends and extended family urging them to vote YES in the postal survey on marriage. “I am uncertain how many feel about the issue of marriage equality, but I feel I need to ask them to […]

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High Court challenge to postal plebiscite launched

High Court challenge to postal plebiscite launched

Independent MP Andrew Wilkie and marriage equality activists will launch a High Court challenge to the government’s postal survey on marriage equality. The challenge will involve Wilkie and marriage equality activists Shelley Argent and Felicity Marlowe¬†according to SBS. Wilkie also posted the announcement on his website. Earlier this morning the government’s plebiscite legislation was defeated […]

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Advocates urge Liberals to cross the floor on marriage equality

Advocates urge Liberals to cross the floor on marriage equality

Equality advocates are calling on members of the Liberal party who support marriage equality to cross the floor and vote for reform. The outcry comes just after the Liberal party decided to retain their position to hold a plebiscite on marriage equality, after much speculation about a possible free vote on a newly crafted bill […]

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Experts declare postal plebiscite would be unconstitutional

Experts declare postal plebiscite would be unconstitutional

The Human Rights Law Centre has published a statement from three top constitutional lawyers declaring that the postal plebiscite plan being considered by cabinet today would be unconstitutional and open to legal challenge in the High Court. Anna Brown, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, has released a joint opinion from […]

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Survey shows LGBTI Australians opposed to postal plebiscite

Survey shows LGBTI Australians opposed to postal plebiscite

A survey produced by the Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) and just.equal has shows that the LGBTI community is overwhelming opposed to the idea of a postal plebiscite. The release of the survey comes ahead of Monday’s Liberal party room debate about the way forward on marriage equality where one option on […]

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Advocates warn postal plebiscite could be challenged in court

Advocates warn postal plebiscite could be challenged in court

Marriage equality advocates say they are seeking legal advice on a possible High Court challenge to a postal vote on marriage equality. Some government members, including the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Petter Dutton, have proposed a $40 million postal vote on the issue that will be voluntary for voters and non-binding for politicians. […]

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Call out for LGBTI+ opinions on postal plebiscite

Call out for LGBTI+ opinions on postal plebiscite

LGBTI+ advocates are asking the queer community what they believe is the best response to the government’s proposed postal plebiscite on marriage equality. Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton has proposed a $40 million postal vote, which will be optional for Australian voters and non-binding on MPs. just.equal spokesperson and marriage equality advocate […]

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