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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 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: 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: Western Australian Anglicans Back Civil Unions

Monday, October 7th, 2013

Australia MapThe Anglican Church in Western Australia just voted to support civil unions for same sex couples.

Gay Star News reports:

The Synod of the Anglican Church of Western Australia has passed a motion saying that gay civil unions can co-exist with heterosexual marriages – backing same-sex couples having their relationships legally recognized. Rector of Darlington-Bellevue Anglican parish, the Reverend Chris Bedding told ABC News he had not been confident that his motion would pass but it was backed by more than the two-thirds majority needed for it to pass.

Yes, it’s only civil unions. But OTOH, it’s a religious organization saying yes to the recognition of same sex relationships. Big deal or not?

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