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Australian Marriage Equality


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The recent 2020 Honours List saw Dr. Sarah Midgley awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for service to the LGBTIQ communities. QNews caught up with this amazing Australian last week. With one parent a chemistry teacher and the other a geologist, Sarah Midgley developed a love of science from an early age. Her …

Marriage equality campaigner Peter Black

A year on from the historic “yes” vote, campaign group Australian Marriage Equality has received one of the country’s top human rights awards. The Human Rights Awards honour the contributions of advocates in government, law, the media, business, and organisations. The Australian Marriage Equality group received the Community Organisation Award at a ceremony in Sydney …

Australian Marriage Equality meets with same-sex marriage activists in Taiwan

Twelve months after Australia’s postal survey, “yes” campaign group Australian Marriage Equality has raised close to $10,000 to help Taiwan supporters win same-sex marriage in their own looming public vote. Last year, Taiwan’s top court ruled in favour of marriage equality – a historic first for Asia – and instructed authorities to enact laws legalising …

rodney croome equality tasmania

By Rodney Croome When I left Australian Marriage Equality (AME) in August 2016 I said it was to more vigorously oppose a plebiscite. That was true but it wasn’t the whole truth. I also left because the Equality Campaign that grew up around AME was shrinking marriage equality to a tiny political target by avoiding …

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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 …

Sam Smith has donated a third of the expected profits from his upcoming Australian concert at the Sydney Opera House to Australia’s same-sex marriage “yes” campaign, before the tickets have even gone on sale. The Grammy-winning British singer will play a one-off show at Opera House’s Concert Hall in January next year, and he said …

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Olympic athletes Emily Seebohm and Mitch Larkin recently urged all Queenslanders to vote “yes” for marriage equality as soon as they receive their survey forms. Larkin, Seebohm and Brisbane couple Luke Nixon and Eddie Sahovic addressed an event in Brisbane on Sunday. They launched the nationwide #PostYourYES campaign, to warn supporters against complacency in the …

same-sex marriage postal survey

The High Court will today begin hearing a legal challenge to the validity of the federal government’s same-sex marriage postal survey. There are two groups of challengers – the first is led by Tasmanian Independent MP Andrew Wilkie, PFLAG’s Shelley Argent and Rainbow Families Victoria’s Felicity Marlowe. The second group is the Human Rights Law …

Same-sex marriage advocates have welcomed a Senate inquiry report which unanimously rejected several proposed forms of discrimination against LGBTI people. The Guardian reports that civil celebrants would be required to marry any couples that are legally allowed. The Senate committee recommended removing the ability to reject same-sex weddings on the basis of “conscientious objection”, noting …

largest marriage equality campaign

The Equality Campaign on Sunday launched what they’re touting as the largest marriage equality campaign in Australian history. A nurse, a firefighter, a lifesaver and a soldier feature in a new TV ad and on billboards. They all call for the government to allow all MPs a free vote on marriage equality. Why do our …