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MARRIAGE EQUALITY


By Paula Gerber, Monash University It took a long time, but on Thursday Australia became the 26th country to achieve marriage equality. The LGBTI community is euphoric and relieved with this hard-fought victory. But there is also trauma from the drawn-out postal survey campaign, which saw attacks on rainbow families and communities. It left many …

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It’s time! Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told parliament yesterday the legalisation of same-sex marriage was a “momentous social reform” as debate began in the lower house on a private bill passed by the Senate last week. “It’s time for us to get on with it,” Mr Turnbull said. “The Australian people have said yes to …

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The federal government’s Leader of the House Christopher Pyne has vowed that MPs won’t be leaving Canberra until same-sex marriage is legalised. The Turnbull government has cancelled a sitting week for the House of Representatives to allow the Senate to finish debating the same-sex marriage bill before it goes to the Lower House. The Lower …

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If Australia returns a majority ‘Yes’ vote tomorrow and tells Parliament it wants same-sex marriage to be legalised it will be up to our politicians to sort it out. So the ABC asked all MPs how they would vote if, as expected, Australia says ‘Yes’. The list below details all the responses the ABC received …

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Christine Forster

Former prime minister Tony Abbott’s sister Christine Forster has accused the ‘No’ campaign of trying to confuse voters. Speaking at the Sydney launch of the #PostYourYes campaign yesterday, Ms Forster (pictured with her partner Virginia Edwards) said they were trying to muddy the waters with issues that are not related. “This is a simple question …

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Yes campaign

A Yes Campaign ad from Australian Marriage Equality stole the show during Thursday night’s finale of Channel Ten reality show The Bachelor. The ad urged Australia’s to vote yes ‘for every Bachelor and Bachelorette’ and featured real wedding footage contributed by members of the LGBTI community set to a cover of Crowded House’s “Don’t Dream …

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Edith Windsor

Edith Windsor, the woman of small stature but largely responsible for attaining marriage equality in the United States, has died aged 88 – but her legacy will forever live on. In 2013, Windsor’s Supreme Court case struck down the Defence of Marriage Act, granting same-sex married couples federal recognition for the first time. This was …

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postal vote security

Grave concerns have been raised over the privacy and security of people’s votes in the same-sex marriage postal survey. The Australian Bureau of Statistics has warned voters not to post pictures that reveal the unique barcode printed on each survey form because it could jeopardise the results. Images of forms, with and without barcodes, have …

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Malcolm Turnbull

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is one of 24 Coalition MPs to sign a statement urging Australians to vote “yes” in the same-sex marriage postal survey. The Guardian reported the statement is signed by Liberal and National MPs and senators including cabinet ministers Simon Birmingham, Christopher Pyne, George Brandis, Kelly O’Dwyer, Darren Chester, Greg Hunt, Josh …

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Qantas CEO Alan Joyce

Qantas CEO Alan Joyce has donated $1 million to the ‘Yes’ campaign cause for marriage equality in Australia. That amounts to 4% of his latest annual income, reportedly $25 million last year alone, including salary and bonuses. To put that in perspective, the average adult wage is $61,420.40, 4% of which would equate to a …

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