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same-sex marriage

Same-sex marriage in Australia legalised on the 9th December 2017. The Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Act 2017. Australian Parliament passed this on the  7th December 2017 and received royal assent from the Governor-General the following day. It was the law on the 9th of December. This immediately recognising overseas same-sex marriages. The first same-sex wedding under Australian law was held on 15 December 2017. a voluntary postal survey of all Australians 61.6% of respondents voted yes for the legalisation of same-sex marriage. Other types of recognition for same-sex couples are also available. Under federal law, same-sex couples are recognised as de facto relationships. This provides most of the same rights and responsibilities afforded to married couples. Those rights may be difficult to assert and not always recognised in practice. There is no national civil union or relationships register scheme in Australia. Most states and territories legislated for civil unions or domestic partnership registries. Such unions are recognised as de facto relationships under federal law.

gay love letter

Most of what we know of LGBTIQ Australians in the colonial era comes from court and prison records. Australia’s earliest known gay love letter is no different. Indeed, it is the letter of a convict to the person he loved most — a man he knew he would never see again. Denis Prendergast (or Pendergast) …

married at first sight mafs amanda and tash

Married At First Sight viewers have cheered as the show’s first lesbian couple, Amanda and Tash, tied the knot. The couple walked down the aisle on Tuesday night’s episode of the Channel Nine, with Amanda’s vows bringing people to tears. “As gay women, we’ve likely fought just that bit harder than most to be here, …

joshua hart brisbane wedding celebrant

Brisbane celebrant Josh Hart specialises in creating memories designing tailor made ceremonies for life events from the cradle to the grave. As a marriage celebrant, Josh ensures a ceremony that reflects the happy couple whether a small intimate gathering or a larger formal ceremony. After all, a wedding day is one of the most memorable …

mafs married at first sight amanda micallef wedding

Married At First Sight will feature its first ever lesbian couple this year. Melbourne personal trainer Amanda Micallef and Tash Herz said “I do” at their wedding ceremony last September, during the show’s filming. Amanda describes herself as a “strength, physique and mindset coach” on Instagram. She has her own personal training business, Divine Physiques …

Tsai Ing-Wen Taiwan

Incumbent Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-Wen won re-election earlier today in a landslide victory. The staunch LGBTIQ ally directed an Instagram post to Taiwan’s LGBTIQ communities three days ago. She spoke then of the rainbow flags she saw as she electioneered across the island. “I saw many people holding the rainbow flag 🏳️‍🌈, thank you for …

United Methodist Church same-sex marriage

The United Methodist Church, the largest mainline protestant denomination in the US will split over same-sex marriage. In 2019, the church tried to resolve differences between two opposing factions.  One faction agitated for both same-sex marriage and LGBTIQ inclusion while the other opposed those reforms. Despite holding a conference in an attempt to resolve their …

same-sex marriages religious freedom

A Texas judge last week launched a class-action suit against the State Commission on Judicial Conduct. Justice of the Peace Dianne Hensley launched the action after the commission publicly warned her for refusing to perform same-sex marriages. She claims protection under the Texas Religious Freedom Restoration Act. While the law does not compel justices of …

hero shot lgbtiq christmas films, movies, holidays

Christmas is almost here! (YAY!!) And what better way to celebrate than by snuggling up on the couch watching gay-friendly films with your loved ones. (Yes, that includes your fur babies, of course.) Here at Qnews we have compiled a list of our favourite queer Christmas films to celebrate the holidays. Check them out below! …

serial offender anglican priest

An Anglican priest from Albury in New South Wales described the church as a serial offender against LGBTIQ people. He also blamed the ongoing debate over the Religious Freedoms Bill for causing anxiety among his parishioners. Father Peter MacLeod-Miller told the ABC that perhaps it was time for the progressive and conservative arms of the …

first same-sex weddings

Julian Smith, the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland last night signed regulations to enable same-sex marriage. The law takes effect on 13 January and couples must wait a standard 28 days after submitting their intention to marry. Because of that, Northern Ireland will host its first same-sex weddings on Valentine’s Day 2020. Previously, same-sex …

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