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Thirteen years of tireless campaigning for marriage equality in Australia are documented in new book Yes Yes Yes: Australia’s Journey to Marriage Equality. The majority “yes” vote was announced on November 15 last year, and the same-sex marriage legislation was finally passed through the Australian parliament last December. Since then, 5420 same-sex marriages have been registered …

Independent Sydney MP and Equality Campaign co-chair Alex Greenwich has written to the Anglican Church asking for an apology for the LGBTIQ community instead of lobbying for discrimination against gay students and staff in religious schools. Last week, a group of 34 New South Wales Anglican school principals signed a letter to federal MPs demanding …

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Marriage equality campaigners have revealed the shocking extent of the anti-gay abuse they received during last year’s marriage law postal survey. In a submission to a Senate inquiry looking at the process of the postal survey, including the government’s protections against offensive material and behaviour, The Equality Campaign included numerous examples of the abusive messages …

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 …

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 …

Marriage equality campaigners are cheering the historic passage of same-sex legislation through the Senate on Wednesday. Liberal Senator Dean Smith’s marriage equality bill was passed 43 votes to 12 on Wednesday afternoon and will be put to a final vote in the House of Representatives next week. All campaigners called for the bill to be …

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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Australia voted YES in the same-sex marriage postal survey. The ABS announced the results on Wednesday morning to high emotion and jubilation around the country. A crowd of hundreds gathered in Brisbane in Queen’s Park to hear that 61.6% of the country voted YES including 60.6% of Queenslanders. The Equality Campaign’s Shirleene Robinson stood alongside …

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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104-year-old grandfather Alex has a very simple reason for voting Yes to gay marriage. He wants his grandson Paul to be happy. As voting draws to a close, Australian Marriage Equality released a heart-warming video in which Alex explains why the law should change. Alex was married to his wife Betty for 45 years. She …

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