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Thousands turn out for Perth’s Marriage Equality Rally

Sunday, July 5th, 2015

About 5,000 people have attended a rally in Perth urging Prime Minister Tony Abbott to allow Coalition MPs a free vote on any same-sex marriage bill.

Queensland Liberal National Party (LNP) MPs Warren Entsch and Teresa Gambaro will co-sponsor a private member’s bill, to be seconded by Labor backbencher Terri Butler, which is expected to be introduced to Parliament in August 11th.

Organiser Sally Rugg from GetUp! said it was the biggest marriage equality rally so far this year. “It’s been remarkable,” she said.
“This is the fourth in a series of events. We had Sydney, then Melbourne, then Canberra and Perth’s outdone them all combined.”
“It’s absolutely thrilling.”

ABC Report

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Same-sex marriage: Greens set date for parliamentary vote

Monday, May 25th, 2015

The Greens will bring forward a Senate debate on the party’s marriage equality bill next month, in a bid to stir Federal Parliament into action on same-sex marriage.

The party has also set November 12 for a Senate vote on the bill, before Parliament rises for the summer.

In the wake of Ireland’s historic vote to legalise same-sex marriage on the weekend, Liberal backers of same-sex marriage have also been calling for the party to decide its position on a free vote by the end of the year.

Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young already has a private member’s bill to legalise same-sex marriage before Parliament.
On Tuesday, she will announce the party will use its allotted Senate time on June 18 to start debate on the bill.

“Gay and lesbian Australians deserve better than being treated as second-class citizens; it’s well and truly time the Parliament acted,” Senator Hanson-Young said.

“Cupid doesn’t discriminate and neither should the law.”

The party has then nominated November 12 for a vote on the bill. This would be in the second last sitting week of the year.

Full story from the canberra times.

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Same-sex marriages now protected in NSW law.

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

Today NSW same-sex couples married overseas can have their marital status recognised by the NSW Relationships Register.

Alex Greenwich won government support for his Relationships Register Amendment (Recognition of Same-sex and Gender-Diverse Relationships) Bill 2014, which ensures same sex couples who marry overseas will be able to reflect their marital status on relevant forms and will no longer have to declare that they are not married.

The New South Wales Registry of Births, Death and Marriages website has been updated today to clarify that same sex couples who marry overseas are eligible to register their relationship.

To see eligibility criteria on the Births, Deaths & Marriages website click here!

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Could Tiny Norfolk Island Be Next for Marriage Equality?

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Norfolk Island

The self-governing Australian territory us considering a bill to legalize gay marriage.

Gay Star News reports:

At 10.30 today, Sydney time, a bill to create legal same-sex marriages was tabled in the parliamentary Assembly of the autonomous Australian territory of Norfolk Island – putting it on a course to become the first part of Australia where same-sex couples will be able to legally marry. The bill was put forward by Norfolk Island Assembly member Hayden Evans and aims to allow Australian same-sex couples to marry on their home soil rather than having to travel overseas.

‘Over the years, gay and lesbian Norfolk Islanders have made a really important contribution to our community and I want to recognize this by giving them equality and dignity in return,’ Evans said. ‘That’s why I am tabling a draft Bill to allow same-sex couples to commit to each other through marriage and have the same rights and recognition heterosexual couples have. If the bill becomes law it will showcase to the world that Norfolk Island is an accepting and supportive community where everyone is valued.’

Norfolk Island would be the third South Pacific same sex wedding destination, by my calculations, after Hawaii and New Zealand.

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Australia Marriage Equality Conscience Vote Called Highly Likely

Saturday, August 2nd, 2014

Sydney, AustraliaIt’s looking like we might get another vote on Australia marriage equality shortly – this time a “conscience vote”.

Pink News reports:

According to lone Liberal Democrat MP David Leyonhjelm, who first announced he would introduced a same-sex marriage bill last month, it is “highly likely” the government will allow MPs a free vote on the issue. Senator Leyonhjelm told the Sydney Morning Herald that he has sped up the process, while he previously only planned to introduce the bill after a conscience vote was secured. He said: “I have heard from Liberal senators that a conscience vote is highly likely.” Despite 72% of Australians supporting marriage equality, with just 21% opposed, Liberal Prime Minister Tony Abbott remains staunchly opposed.

Amazing that a party can oppose something with 72% support. But then again, we see similar things here in the US – look at sensible gun legislation and the GOP.

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Australia Marriage Equality Support Reaches 72%

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

titleA new poll out in Australia shows marriage equality support at an astonishing level.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports:

Support among Australians for same-sex marriage and for a conscience vote in the Coalition has reached an all-time high, according to a survey by the Liberal Party’s own pollster. A Crosby Textor poll, commissioned by Australian Marriage Equality, has found that 72 per cent of Australians want same-sex marriage legalised, while 77 per cent think Coalition MPs should be granted a conscience vote.

Amazing. And yet, even while there was a left wing government, marriage equality was blocked, in large part by single, atheist Prime Minister Julia Gillard. And now with a conservative government on place…

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Australia Marriage Equality Bill to Be Introduced by New Senator

Friday, July 11th, 2014

Australia MapSenator David Leyonhjelm plans to introduce a bill to recognize marriage equality.

Gay Star News reports:

Liberal Democratic Party David Leyonhjelm plans to move quickly to fulfill an election promise to push for same-sex marriage, with reports saying he will move forward with his own bill on the issue. Leyonhjelm is one of 8 senators from new parties that did not hold seats in the Australian Senate before July this year of who the Australian Government needs 7 to pass legislation if it is opposed by the opposition Labor and Greens parties. Leyonhjelm, a libertarian, had announced he planned to work closely in the Senate with Family First Senator Bob Day, a Christian conservative opponent of same-sex marriage.

Not sure if this will go anywhere with conservatives controlling the government, but it’s great to see some movement on the issue at the national level.

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Australian Couple Marries at UK Consulate

Friday, June 27th, 2014

Peter and GordonThe first legal gay wedding has taken place in Australia, although technically it was on UK soil.

Gay Star News reports:

From today British consulates around Australia are allowed to marry same-sex couples where at least one of the parties is a UK citizen. What is believed to be the first such marriage in Australia took place today around 3pm at the British consulate near Sydney’s Circular Quay and involved a Scottish Australian couple. Peter Fraser and Gordon Stevenson married wearing matching kilts in the Fraser clan tartan after 19 years together.

Unfortunately, they will no longer be married once they set foot outside the consulate, at least not for Australian governmental purposes, as Australia continues to deny same sex couples the right to marry, despite widespread popular support.

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Eleven Year Old Calls Prime Minister “So Pathetic” For Opposition to Marriage Equality

Monday, June 9th, 2014

Abbott LetterAn eleven year old Australian boy wrote a letter to Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott taking him to task for opposing marriage equality.

Queerty reports:

“My name is Orlando Burcham, I am 11 years old and I would like to know why you don’t allow ‘gay marriage’ in Australia. Because the majority of Australians are happily married, so why are you stopping all the gay men/women to be married in this beautiful country? My mother is gay and even worse your own sister is gay! And thousands more are as well.

“It is so pathetic that you aren’t letting the gay people of Australia and other countries get married here. Millions of people in the world and when they come to Australia and think ‘wow this place is great! Let’s get married here!’

“And then they remember that they can’t. So they spend thousands of dollars to go somewhere they can get married. My mum is married but she had to go to New York, which took a lot of money.

“You were elected to represent our country, not yourself. Just because you think it’s wrong, does not give you the right to make it illegal. Doesn’t our opinions matter to you? Just because you’re the Prime Minister, which by the way does not give you all the power. I hope you change your mind.”

Abbott wrote back:

I appreciate the deep feelings that many in the community have on either side of the issue. The Government supports the current definition of marriage contained in the Marriage Act 1961. Any change to this policy would be a matter for the Coalition Party Room. My personal opinion is to support the existing definition of marriage.

Guess Abbott’s not ashamed, huh?

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Same-sex couples can use British laws to marry in Australia June 27th

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

UK Gay flag

Hooray, another small step forward for equality in Australia.

Same-sex couples in which one partner has British citizenship will be able to marry from June 27 in British consulates in Sydney and Perth, with Melbourne, Brisbane and Canberra to follow soon after.

The Abbott government signalled in March that it had no objection to British consulates in Australia being used to host same-sex weddings after same-sex marriage was legalised in England and Wales.

Australian Marriage Equality national director Rodney Croome said nearly 300 Australian couples had married in New Zealand since its government passed marriage equality laws last year and similar numbers would use the British laws to marry in consulates in Australian cities.
However it is worth noting that couples who marry under the British laws will not have their marriages recognised in Australia.

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