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PFLAG calls for the release of the Ruddock religious review

PFLAG calls for the release of the Ruddock religious review

The Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) are calling on the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to release the recommendations put forward by Phillip Ruddock’s panel looking into religious freedom in Australia. PFLAG suggests that the delay in releasing the report is an extension of the long running debate over marriage equality which saw […]

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Christians support marriage equality without religious exemptions

Christians support marriage equality without religious exemptions

A new opinion poll has found Australian Christians back marriage equality and don’t want the reform to include extra discrimination exemptions. A Galaxy Research poll of 1000 Australian Christians released today showed 54% support for same-sex couples being allowed to marry, 77% support for a free vote in parliament as soon as possible, and 49% […]

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Liberal Senator Dean Smith could cross the floor over plebiscite

Liberal Senator Dean Smith could cross the floor over plebiscite

Western Australian senator Dean Smith has told ABC’s Radio National that he would not rule out crossing the floor to vote against the government’s proposed plebiscite on marriage equality. It’s been more than a year since the government suggested a non-binding national vote would be the best way to resolve Australia’s long running debate over […]

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Marriage equality advocates call for decisions over plebiscite

Marriage equality advocates call for decisions over plebiscite

Advocates for marriage equality have called on the federal government to drop it’s plan for an expensive national plebiscite and deal with the issue via a parliamentary vote. The calls come as reports suggest that plebiscite will not be scheduled until early 2017. A spokesperson for the Prime Minister’s office has told the media that […]

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Queensland to allow adoption for same sex couples

Queensland to allow adoption for same sex couples

The Queensland government has announced it will remove discriminatory laws that stop gay and lesbian couples from adopting children. Communities Minister Shannon Fentiman made the announcement today following a wide-ranging review of the state’s Adoption Act. “I am proud we are removing one of the last discriminatory barriers that prevents LGBTI Queenslanders from being able […]

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Support for marriage plebiscite drops

Support for marriage plebiscite drops

A new poll released by Essential Media shows support a plebiscite on the issue of marriage equality has dropped from 66% earlier this year to 60% after the election. Parents of LGBTI Australians national spokesperson, Shelley Argent, said the drop was because of growing public awareness of how unnecessary and damaging a plebiscite will be. “More […]

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Shelly Argent: The Absurdity of Politics

Shelly Argent: The Absurdity of Politics

OPINION Haggling over implementation of the plebiscite has started. Mr Turnbull constantly tells us the debate about Marriage Equality will be respectful. Well, it seems as usual he has no idea and is just hopeful. Debate about the Plebiscite (assuming Liberals win) is starting with hypotheticals about Private Members Bills, new Senators not being supportive […]

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PFLAG steps up campaign calling for the plebiscite to be axed

PFLAG steps up campaign calling for the plebiscite to be axed

The Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) have stepped up their campaign against the marriage plebiscite by taking out an advertisement in The Australian. The group that represents the parents and families of LGBTIQ people said it’s time for the Prime Minister to stop sidestepping the issue of marriage equality. Recently the government […]

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Prime Minister – You’ve Got Mail!

Prime Minister – You’ve Got Mail!

Since Ireland’s recent landmark referendum, pressure is mounting for Australia to keep up with our inter-continental peers in legislating marriage equality. A survey by Crosby/Textor in 2014 revealed 74% of Australians support marriage equality, yet many MPs are still claiming that very few people actually support same-sex marriage and that it is not a pressing […]

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Shelley Argent Steps Down As PFLAG Spokesperson

Shelley Argent Steps Down As PFLAG Spokesperson

PFLAG’s National Spokesperson Shelley Argent has announced that she’s stepping down from her role after 7 years in the role. Ms Argent cited health reasons as the motivator behind her decision. The Parent’s and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) is a non for proffit organsiation that provides support to the families and friends of […]

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