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After Six Months Of Marriage Equality, 2500 Same-Sex Couples Have Wed

By Paula Gerber, Monash University It has been six months since Australia declared that marriage is no longer an exclusively heterosexual institution. In that time, approximately 2,500 same-sex couples have been married, with NSW having the most weddings, closely followed by Victoria and Queensland. Many more couples, who married overseas before marriage equality was achieved …

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Former ACL Director Lyle Shelton Announces Bid For Queensland Senate Seat

Former Australian Christian Lobby director and high-profile “no” campaigner Lyle Shelton will run for a Queensland Senate seat at the next federal election. Lyle Shelton quit as managing director of the Australian Christian Lobby in February to join the Australian Conservatives, after leading the unsuccessful “no” campaign in the marriage postal survey last year. Shelton …

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Margaret Court Wins Award For ‘Most Homophobic Comment Of 2017’

Australian tennis great Margaret Court has won this year’s Golden GLORIA award for comments deemed to be the most homophobic in the last 12 months. The GLORIAs — the Gay and Lesbian Outrageous, Ridiculous, and Ignorant Awards — are organised by New South Wales Greens MP Penny Sharpe, and highlight the year’s the worst anti-LGBTIQ …

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Woman Who Sacked ‘No’ Voter During Postal Survey Cleared Of Wrongdoing

Canberra business owner Madlin Sims, who sacked a contractor for supporting the “no” campaign in last year’s marriage postal survey, has been cleared of wrongdoing by the Fair Work Ombudsman. Sims, who runs a party entertainment business, announced the move in a Facebook post after the contractor, an 18-year-old Christian nanny, changed her profile picture …

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Margaret Court Says Marriage Equality Erodes ‘Biblical Principles Of Excellence’

Tennis legend turned pastor Margaret Court has told the federal government’s Religious Freedom Review the legalisation of marriage equality raises “alarming” issues for the country. The review – which was recently given a two month extension after it was inundated with 16,000 submissions – published almost 2000 of them late last Thursday. In her submission …

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‘Gay Wedding Cakes’: What Happens When LGBTI Rights And Religious Freedom Intersect

By Liam Elphick, University of Western Australia Last year, 61.6% of Australians voted in favour of marriage equality, leading to the passage of legislation to allow same-sex couples to marry. In response to religious concerns and as a concession to ensure marriage equality would pass through parliament, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced in November that …

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Marriage Survey Forms ‘Among Lost Mail In Post Box Unemptied For Months’

At least one families’ same-sex marriage postal survey forms were among more than four months of mail left undelivered in a postbox in regional Victoria that was neglected by Australia Post. The town of Beechworth in Victoria’s north-east share just two post boxes between its 3,859 residents, the ABC reported, and local residents Joanne and …

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Comedian Rhys Nicholson Threatened With Homophobic Bashing On Train

Comedian Rhys Nicholson has shared that a homophobic thug recently threatened to “bash him to death” on pubic transport in Melbourne. The 27-year-old opened up about the incident in a post on his Twitter account, recalling that on Friday night he’d been catching a train, when he noticed four men board. “I was sitting on …

Apple’s New Ad Celebrating Australian Marriage Equality Is Beautiful

Apple has celebrated marriage equality in Australia with a heartwarming ad titled “First Dance” to promote its new iPhone. Same-sex couples officially began tying the knot in January, and three newlyweds – Antony and Ron; Nick and Rob; and Meg and Ann-Marie – feature in the ad. Their emotional first dances were filmed on the …

Campaigners Want To Hear Your Marriage Equality Stories For New Book

Two marriage equality campaigners have announced they will write a book detailing the history of the campaign for marriage equality over the last decade and earlier. Alex Greenwich and Dr Shirleene Robinson want to chronicle the efforts of the countless Australians who worked towards the reform, and have called for people to contribute their own …

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