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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.

new south wales liberal candidate allan green

A Liberal party candidate who suggested on social media that same-sex marriage would spell the end of Mother’s and Father’s Day and called for same-sex couples be banned from adoption has said he does not hold those views. In a series of posts between 2010 and 2015, Allan Green, the Liberal candidate for the west …

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craig burns luke sullivan wedding photo instagram

A Queensland same-sex couple who made history by tying the knot last January will have their suits and memorabilia immortalised in the Queensland Museum’s collection. Craig Burns and Luke Sullivan are believed to be the first same-sex couple to tie the knot in Queensland on the first official day of legal same-sex marriages last year, …

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liberal candidate gurpal singh

A federal Liberal candidate in Victoria has apologised for linking same-sex marriage with child sex abuse during the marriage equality debate in 2017. Gurpal Singh, a lawyer and lecturer who is the Liberal candidate for the Victorian seat of Scullin, is described by the party as “a strong voice in the community for religious freedom”. …

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same sex weddings expo brisbane

Brisbane’s third Same Same Weddings Expo will be held at Brisbane Powerhouse on May 5, with free entry and all couples warmly welcomed. The Same Same Weddings Expo will run from 10am to 3pm and is hosted by Paddington Publications, the publishers of Brisbane Bride Magazine and Australia’s first same-sex wedding magazine Same Same Weddings. …

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joshua hart brisbane wedding celebrant

“Your wedding day is one of the most memorable days of your life,” says Brisbane marriage celebrant Joshua Hart. “As your celebrant, I will ensure that your ceremony reflects the couple you are. “Whether it be a small, intimate ceremony or a larger, formal ceremony, I will work with you to design this day, your way.” As a …

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Fiji prime minister Voreqe Bainimarama

Fiji’s Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has declared there will be no same-sex marriage in the island nation as long as his FijiFirst party is in government. The Fiji Broadcasting Corporation reported Bainimarama made the declaration in response to talk on social media about the issue, but said he wanted it to be clear Fiji is …

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cayman islands same-sex marriage lesbian couple

Same-sex marriage has become legal in the Cayman Islands following a landmark ruling in a court case brought by a lesbian couple. Chantelle Day and her partner Vickie Bodden Bush (pictured above) went to court after they were refused permission to marry in the British Overseas Territory last year. But Chief Justice in the Grand …

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gossiping women talk about sex shocked

One of the most salient fears of marriage equality opponents was that success for the “yes” campaign would lead to a radical age-inappropriate sex education curriculum. There were wild claims made — students asked to role-play same-sex relationships, boys encouraged to wear dresses, sex toys in primary school health classes… (All since quietly filed under …

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Judges Gavel legal law court

An Australia far-right group accused of engaging in “public acts of hate speech” against the LGBTIQ community during the same-sex marriage postal survey has failed to front Queensland’s anti-discrimination tribunal to respond to a vilification complaint. The Brisbane-based LGBTI Legal Service lodged formal complaints with the Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland last August against 25 groups and …

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brisbane mum rj miles

One of the great delights of editing an LGBTIQ magazine is exposure to many of the wonderful and varied voices that comprise our communities. Regular QN Magazine contributor RJ Miles (pictured) — lesbian, wife, mother, author and educator — is one of those voices. What drove your passion for teaching? In 2009, I was 19 …

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