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Reports: Liberal MPs working on new marriage equality bill

Reports: Liberal MPs working on new marriage equality bill

New reports have emerged of a marriage equality bill being drafted within the Liberal party as the debate heats up once again during Parliament’s winter break. Fairfax Media have reported that government backbenchers Trent Zimmerman and Western Australian Senator Dean Smith are collaborating on a bill to legalise marriage equality by parliamentary free vote, rather […]

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Poll: Govt could lose 1/4 of voters over marriage equality delay

Poll: Govt could lose 1/4 of voters over marriage equality delay

A recent poll has shown that up to 26% of Coalition voters would consider voting for a new government that is committed to allowing a free vote on marriage equality if legislation isn’t passed in this term. The data from Galaxy Research shows that approximately 1.1 million voters would switch their vote at the next […]

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Marriage equality activists search for Malcolm Turnbull’s backbone

Marriage equality activists have continued their campaign to help the Prime Minister “find his backbone” with a visit to his electoral office today. The campaign, that is led by the Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), launched six mobile billboards that are travelling Sydney’s streets urging people to send the text message “backbone” […]

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PFLAG launch campaign to “give PM a backbone” on marriage equality

In a new push for a free vote on marriage equality, Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays have launched a campaign to give the Prime Minister a backbone. The campaign calls for supporters of marriage equality to urge Malcolm Turnbull “to grow a backbone and show leadership by allowing a free vote” in parliament. […]

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Marriage equality advocates call on PM to rule out postal plebiscite

Marriage equality advocates are encouraging people to write to the Prime Minister and their local MP to argue against the proposal to hold a postal plebiscite on the issue. The idea for a non-compulsory mail based plebiscite has been put forward by Immigration Minister Peter Dutton. National spokesperson for Parents and Fiends of Lesbians and […]

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PFLAG call on LGBTI community and allies to lobby for free vote

PFLAG call on LGBTI community and allies to lobby for free vote

PFLAG, the Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, are encouraging supporters of marriage equality to contact their local MP ahead of parliament resuming on Monday. The next week  has been described as a critical week for marriage equality and supporters of the reform have been urged to take action through the new Speak Up […]

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Shelley Argent: Why I love the rainbow flag

PFLAG’s National spokesperson Shelley Argent has spoken up about her love of the rainbow flag. “To me the rainbow flag is similar to the indigenous flag. Both are symbols and official recognition by the people, nationally and internationally recognised. They are not flags of hate, discrimination or oppression.” Argent said. The vocal marriage equality supporter […]

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Polls show marriage equality would be a winner for the government

Polls show marriage equality would be a winner for the government

New polling shows 71% Australians, including 64% of Liberal voters, will look more favourably on the Turnbull Government if it allows a free vote on marriage equality instead of a plebiscite. The polling from Galaxy Research, also shows Australians are firmly against any new laws that would allow civil celebrants or businesses to refuse their services […]

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Marriage equality advocates keep up the pressure

Marriage equality advocates keep up the pressure

Marriage equality activists are keeping up the pressure on politicians who support changing the marriage laws and those MPs who have yet to declare a position. Suggestions that some Liberal MPs were about to push for a free vote in parliament on the issue has been met with a swift response from the party’s conservative […]

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PFLAG welcome inquiry into religious exemptions for marriage bill

Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays have lauded the announcement that cross-bench MPs will be launching a Senate Inquiry into marriage equality and the government’s proposed changes to the Marriage Act. Greens LGBTIQ spokesperson Senator Janet Rice revealed yesterday that a committee of four government MPs and four non-government MPs will be assessing the bill […]

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