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

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

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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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Australia, New South Wales: Advocates Hold Marriage Equality Rally in Albury

Monday, March 24th, 2014

Australia MapMarriage equality advocates had a strong showing in a small town in Australia’s New South Wales.

The Star Observer reports:

Hundreds attended the rally organised by Equal Love, including several Albury city councillors and mayor Kevin Mack. Many attending signed a petition in support of marriage equality to be presented to the area’s representatives in Federal Parliament. The rally came just days after Assistant Education Minister Sussan Ley, whose federal seat of Farrah includes Albury, said on the ABC’s Q&A program her constituents weren’t ready for marriage equality. “It is an idea whose time hasn’t quite come in the area of regional and rural Australia that I represent,” Ley told the Q&A audience.

While marriage equality enjoys strong support in Australia, the politicians haven’t yet caught up.

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Australia: Huge Marches for Marriage Equality

Sunday, November 24th, 2013

Melbourne Marriage Equality Rally 11/24/13

Photo by Matt Davis, Melbourne

Australia’s LGBT community marched for marriage equality across the country today.

O-blog-dee-o-blog-da reports:

Thousands of LGBT people and allies braved the rain and marched in Australia today, in support of marriage equality, in different centers, including Melbourne, where a crowd of about 600 descended on Parliament. Prime Minister Tony Abbott is anti-marriage equality. Although he attended his gay sister’s wedding to support her, he does not believe marriage should be a civil right for gays and lesbians. Many called for an end to his homophobia.

Conservative Prime Minister Tony Abbot is still refusing t bring the marriage equality bill up for a vote. Recent polls have shown that between 62 and 64% of Australians approve of marriage equality.

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Australia: New South Wales to Wait Until Mid November to Vote on Marriage Equality Bill

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Australia MapThe Upper House in New South Wales has postponed a vote on a marriage equality bill until mid-November.

Gay Star News reports:

The state that might become the second Australian jurisdiction to allow same-sex marriage did not vote on a bill to achieve that today, postponing further debate until 14 November. Openly lesbian Labor Member of the Legislative Council (MLC) Penny Sharpe introduced her bill in the parliament around 10am today and was the first to speak to it. ‘It is with great pride that I introduce the NSW Same Sex Marriage Bill 2013 on behalf of the NSW Cross Party Group for Marriage Equality,’ Sharpe told the Legislative Council.

In Tasmania, MP’s voted to leave things up to the Federal Government.

LGBTQ Nation reports:

A motion to revive the debate over same-sex marriage in Tasmania’s parliament was defeated in the Upper House Legislative Council Tuesday, as local MP’s voted to leave the question up to the Federal Parliament in Canberra. Last year the MPs voted 8-6 to throw out a private member’s bill for state-based same-sex marriage, and Tuesday’s vote makes the bid to enact a marriage equality law the second failure in two years. The effort to revive the debate was spearheaded by the independent Member for Murchison, Ruth Forrest, who urged colleagues to consider the recent spate of same-sex marriage laws recently enacted in France and New Zealand.

Slowly marriage equality marches on in Australia.

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Australia: Will New South Wales Pass a Marriage Equality Bill Next?

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

Just a week after the Australian Capital Territory passed the first marriage equality bill in Australia, New South Wales may be set to follow. reports:

The parliament of New South Wales will debate a marriage equality bill next week, Sky News reports: The group consisting of Liberal, National, Greens, Labor and independent members say the bill follows community and legal consultation, including a parliamentary inquiry that found NSW has the constitutional power to legislate on marriage. Labor MLC Penny Sharpe said she will introduce the bill next Thursday. ‘The community and parliament can be confident we have done our due diligence to ensure we have the strongest bill possible; one that will allow loving and committed same-sex couples to marry in NSW and one that will withstand any high court challenge,’ she said.

The new conservative federal government is already moving to quash the law in the ACT.

Australia Prime Minister Tony AbbottIn related news, and general dickishness, new Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has said he will attend his lesbian sisters wedding, but will not support it.

Gay Star News reports:

According to 3AW, Abbott said: ‘If there’s a ceremony of some kind, yes, I will be there with a present. I’ll do the right thing.’ He revealed he saw no way he could ever change his mind and support same-sex couples. Abbott added: ‘I am a traditionalist on this. From time immemorial in every culture that’s been known, marriage, or that kind of solemnised relationship, has been between a man and a women.’

Maybe the next time progresses gain power in Australia, they can choose someone actually progressive as their PM. Julia Gillard was a disaster for the LGBT community, and probably set back marriage equality 5 to 10 years in Australia. Just sayin’.

Australia: Anti-Gay Groups Clash with Marriage Equality Rally In Sydney

Sunday, September 1st, 2013

Sydney, AustraliaA group of anti-gay Christians try to interrupt the marriage equality rally in Sydney earlier today.

Gay Star News reports:

Pro-gay activists from Community Action Against Homophobia gathered for a demonstration in support of marriage equality six days before Australia’s federal elections. The day began with speeches outside Sydney town hall, followed by a march through the streets. The rally was quickly interrupted by anti-marriage equality campaigners, who countered the protest with anti-gay rhetoric. A man with a loudspeaker was joined by Christian activists waiving anti-gay banners warning homosexuals about ‘judgement day’.

The marriage equality group chanted “hey hey ho ho homophobia has to go” at the intruders, and police eventually moved into separate the two groups.

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Australia: New South Wales’ Premier Endorses Marriage Equality; Opposition Leader Shifts

Friday, April 19th, 2013

We’ve got a couple stories out of Australia for you this morning. In the first, New South Wales’ top politician endorsed marriage equality. Gay Star News reports:

‘As a Liberal who believes that commitment and family units are one of the best ways in which society is organized, I support the concept of same-sex marriage,’ said Barry O’Farrell to Fairfax Media, dismissing the argument that gay marriage would damage traditional marriage as ‘utterly ridiculous’. O’Farrell urged Liberal party leader Tony Abbott to allow a conscience vote on the issue, as Liberal MPs and senators being told to tow the party line against same-sex marriage is a significant obstacle to passing legislation in Australia.

Australia Opposition Leader Tony AbbottOn the same day, the country’s opposition leader, Tony Abbott, backed off slightly from his previous opposition to marriage equality a little. Pink News reports:

Liberal leader Tony Abbott has prevented his MPs from having a conscience vote on the issue. He remains opposed to marriage equality and says it should be “between a man and a woman”. But he added: “our position, my position, going into the next election is that what our policy is on this will be a matter for the post election party room. “I’m not trying to say that the party is committed forever and a day to the current position.”

Gay and lesbian Australians are wondering why neighboring New Zealand can pass a marriage equality law and Australia can’t.

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