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Australia: New Center Right Party Funded By Billionaire Would Allow Marriage Equality Vote

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Sydney Opera HouseAn Australian billionaire trying to create a new party says his party would allow an open vote for MPs in the party on the marriage equality bill. Gay Star News reports:

A controversial Australian billionaire who has founded his own political party to fight over the conservative vote has said his MPs will be allowed to vote with their consciences on social issues such as same-sex marriage and abortion. Palmer United Party leader Clive Palmer made the announcement yesterday. ‘The Palmer United Party believes issues such as same-sex marriage, the abortion debate and euthanasia should all come down to the candidates’ individual position on the issue,’ Palmer said.

Will this put pressure on the Liberal Party to allow a conscience vote on the bill?

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France: MP’s Fight Over Marriage Equality Bill While Opponents Plan Another Rally

Saturday, April 20th, 2013

ParisAs Tuesday’s final vote on the marriage equality bill rapidly approaches, Members of Parliament have come to blows over the bill. Pink News reports:

On Friday, the lower house of French National Assembly almost mirrored violent protests outside, around the issue of equal marriage, as MPs came to the end of the capped 25-hour debate around the bill which would allow equal marriage, and same sex couples the right to adopt. Punches were reportedly thrown in the scuffle, which lasted several minutes, whilst ministers shouted “out”, “out”. One minister said he had never experienced such an incident in his 30 years in the lower house. The incident, which was attributed to fatigue and the high emotions brought on by the controversial nature of the issue, was condemned by the ruling Socialist party.

Again, gay rights opponents turn to violence to advance their cause. And yet another anti-gay marriage rally is now being planned for Sunday. The Raw Story reports:

Opponents of the reform have been urged to take to the streets of Paris in a last-ditch show of their hostility to the reform after a week of regular and sometimes violent protests. “There are only a few days left and we are not going to abandon the streets now,” one of the organisers of Sunday’s demonstration, Alberic Dumont, told AFP. Tens of thousands are expected to turn out, although organisers admit they are unlikely to see a repeat of a huge demonstration in March that was attended by more than 300,000 people. A parallel demonstration by supporters of the right of gays to marry and adopt children has also been called for Sunday.

Will all the protesters on both sides be able to keep their calm?

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UK: Prayer for Marriage Equality; Tory MP’s Might Balk; Christian MP Says Faith Informs “Yes” Vote

Friday, February 1st, 2013

LondonA bunch of UK marriage equality news today. First off, a group of supportive christians are holding a prayer day for equality, Gay Star News reports:

Christians who support marriage equality will be holding a prayer day on Sunday (3 February). Before the House of Commons votes on same-sex marriage in England and Wales on 5 February, pro-gay Christians will be praying for equality. Initiated by Christian writer and activist Symon Hill, he is asking for all supportive churches to pray for all committed, loving relationships at their Sunday services.

From Pink News, one marriage equality opponent claims as many as two-thirds of Tory MP’s might vote against marriage equality next week:

As few as one in three Conservative MPs will support the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, in next week’s vote, according to Tory MP David Burrowes. Mr Burrowes, an equal marriage opponent, represents Enfield Southgate in north London. The Telegraph reports he has surveyed his colleagues’ views and says that up to 200 of the party’s 303 MPs could refuse to vote for the bill.

And Gay Star News chimes in again with a report of one conservative MP who sais her faith is her reason for a yes volt:

Helen Grant, MP for Maidstone in Kent, said religious people should believe in justice and fairness. Speaking ahead of the second reading of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill debate on 5 February to political magazine The House, Grant said her faith is important to what she believes in politics. ‘I am a God-fearing woman,’ she said. ‘My faith is very fundamental to everything I do and think.

We’re moving quickly closer to the planned marriage equality vote on February 5th!

England/Wales, UK: Majority of MP’s in House of Commons Will Vote for Marriage Equality

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

Big BenA majority of MPs in the House of Commons have indicated that they intend to vote for the introduction of same-sex marriage in England and Wales.

The figures, collated by the Coalition for Equal Marriage show that 330 MPs have said in interviews or letters to constituents that they will support David Cameron and Nick Clegg’s planned legislation that will go to a vote before Valentine’s Day next month. In contrast just 126 have said that they oppose the legislation.

As 4 Sinn Fein election victors have not taken up their seats in the House of Commons, the theoretical number of MPs needed for an absolute majority is 324. However, very few pieces of legislation are ever voted on by every member of the House of Commons. No party is issuing a ‘whip’ on the vote, so MPs are under no obligation to attend and it is expected that a number of Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat MPs will choose to abstain rather than vote in for or against the legislation.

Authored By James Park – See the Full Story at Pink News

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England, UK: Several Labour MP’s Threaten to Resign if Forced to Vote for Marriage Equality

Monday, December 17th, 2012

England, UK: Several Labour MP's Threaten to Resign if Forced to Vote for Marriage EqualityPinkNews.co.uk has learnt that Labour’s decision to grant its backbenchers a free vote on equal marriage caused a major rift in the shadow cabinet with deputy leader Harriet Harman amongst those calling for the vote to be whipped.

Speaking to PinkNews.co.uk, a Labour source described last week’s meeting of the shadow cabinet as descending into a “massive row” and that two prominent MPs threatened to resign from Labour’s frontbench – if the party went ahead with a whipped vote.

One of the individuals, a Labour parliamentary veteran, held top cabinet positions in both Gordon Brown and Tony Blair’s governments, and both MPs are of deep religious faith.

Authored By Scott Roberts – See the Full Story at Pink News

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New Zealand: Two MP’s Join Anti Marriage Equality Rally

Sunday, October 28th, 2012

Two MPS have joined a protest against same-sex marriage that included people with placards likening gay people to animals.

In South Auckland yesterday, protesters carried handwritten placards saying “lesbi/gay copy … animals” and saying any MPs who supported the bill to legalise same-sex marriage were mentally ill.

One of the MPs, National’s Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi, is a member of the Parliamentary committee that will consider public submissions for and against the Marriage Amendment Bill.

Authored By John Weekes – See the Full Story at the New Zealand Herald

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New Zealand: Slim Majority of MP’s Support Marriage Equality Bill

Monday, August 27th, 2012

A bill to legalise same-sex marriage will pass its first hurdle when it comes before Parliament this week, a Herald poll of MPs shows.

A straw poll found that a slender majority of 61 MPs wanted Labour MP Louisa Wall’s bill to progress at least to the select committee stage.

Several more MPs had not committed themselves to a decision yesterday but said they were likely to back the bill at the first reading on Wednesday.

Authored By Isaac Davison – See the Full Story at the New Zealand Herald

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UK: Behind Yesterday’s Marriage Equality Survey of MPs

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

New York Gay Marriage PollYesterday, PinkNews.co.uk reported that in a survey by ComRes on behalf of Coalition for Marriage (C4M), 56% of MPs thought that proposals for equality in marriage is likely to go ahead, the proportion rising significantly among Labour and Lib Dems, but declining with equal significance among the Tories. Here, Balaji Ravichandran presents a detailed analysis of the poll and its findings.

The polling organisation ComRes has published today the full results of the survey it conducted on behalf of Coalition for Marriage (C4M), the latter an umbrella-group of cash-rich organisations with deep but ill-understood origins in evangelical Christian movements. The survey was conducted between February and March among 154 MPs, and it was unsurprisingly concerned with the current government-led proposals to extend civil marriages to same-sex couples.

The survey consisted of two questions, the first being split into a series of statements with which the respondent had to agree or disagree. These statements were: (a) The proposal is of significant importance to my constituents, (b) Legalising same-sex marriage is likely to be good for the relationship between the churches in the UK and the UK Government, (c) Civil partnership already gives the same legal rights as would be afforded by same-sex marriage, and (d) Redefining marriage risks opening the law to challenge from people wanting to introduce other variations on traditional marriage such as polygamy. The second question was arguably more straightforward: Do you personally expect the current proposal to legalise same-sex marriage in England & Wales to succeed or fail?

Full Story from Pink News

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UK: Catholic Archbishop Wants meeting With MPs on Marriage Equality Bill

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Catholic ChurchMore than eighty MPs have reportedly been invited to meet the Catholic Archbishop of Southwark to discuss the equal gay marriage proposals being publicly consulted on by the government.

According to Catholic newspaper The Tablet, Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat MPs have been invited to meet Archbishop Smith next month.

The politicians, equivalent to just over 12 percent of the House of Commons, were invited to be briefed by the prelate on the 18 April, but the Catholic Church has not yet confirmed the numbers to PinkNews.co.uk today.

Full Story from Pink News

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Australia: Gay Activists Meet With MP’s and Senators

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Australia Marriage EqualityFederal MPs and senators have been told legalising same-sex marriage should be about people and not politics.

About 60 people, supporting what they call marriage equality, met with more than 40 politicians at Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday.

Australian Marriage Equality campaign director Alex Greenwich said there was support for same-sex marriage from MPs in every political party. As well, there was majority support in the wider community.

Full Story from Sky News

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