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North Queensland MP Bob Katter has come under fire for giving a bizarre, rambling and extremely homophobic speech on marriage equality to the parliament. In his speech, Katter declared himself to not be “anti-homosexual” but dismissed the dozens of heartfelt speeches – including a marriage proposal – delivered in the parliament on the issue as …

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Former Big Brother contestant Tim Dormer has opened up about he and fiance Ash Toweel’s recent engagement party. Tim told Who magazine he plans to marry his partner Ash Toweel next year and spoke about his joy at see his conservative parents enjoy themselves at the couple’s recent bush dance-inspired engagement party. “It was a …

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Austria’s Constitutional Court has ruled that from 2019 the country’s same-sex couples will have the right to marry. Under existing laws, LGBTI Austrians have been able to enter into civil partnerships since 2010 but the country’s definition of marriage included “different sex” partners only. Those existing laws will end on December 31 next year, unless …

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Magda Szubanski has slammed Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull for his speech on same-sex marriage earlier this week, urging him to tone down his “gloating”. The actor and comedian said on Tuesday that she thought the prime minister’s speech the day before was inappropriate following the negative experience many LGBTI people had during the same-sex marriage …

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Qnews Magazine Marriage Equality community forum

LGBTI Australians have reported a shocking increase in the amount of verbal and physical harassment during the postal survey campaign, according to new research. The Australia Institute and the National LGBTI Health Alliance have released the preliminary findings of a survey of 9,500 LGBTI Australians, as well as friends and family, as debate continues on …

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Labor MP Linda Burney has paid tribute to her late son Binni during a powerful speech on same-sex marriage. Burney, Australia’s first female indigenous MP, explained her longstanding support for marriage equality to colleagues in the parliament on Tuesday. “I have never had a second thought. It seemed so obvious to me,” she said. Her …

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Liberal MP Tim Wilson has proposed to his long-term partner Ryan Bolger in emotional scenes in the federal parliament ahead of the same-sex marriage bill’s final vote. “In my first speech I defined our bond by the ring that sits on both of our left hands,” Mr Wilson told the parliament. “They are the answer …

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The thousands of Australian same-sex couples who have tied the knot overseas will automatically be recognised as married under Australian law when the same-sex marriage bill comes into effect. Liberal Senator Dean Smith’s amendment bill, currently before the parliament, will scrap the Marriage Act’s ban on recognition of same-sex unions solemnised overseas. The Equality Campaign …

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A former New Zealand MP has been unwittingly launched to prominence in Japan after a brilliant speech he gave on marriage equality in 2013 suddenly went viral in the country. New Zealand passed marriage equality legislation that year, and MP Maurice Williamson told colleagues at the time: “All we are doing with this [same-sex marriage …

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senator Janet Rice

The Senate has passed a motion calling for the allocated money not spent on the same-sex marriage postal survey to be redirected to mental health services. After the result was announced, the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ chief statistician said he was confident the survey had come in at least $20m under it’s $122 million budget. …

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