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Love on the March: Reflections on the gay community’s political progress—and its future

Love on the March: Reflections on the gay community’s political progress—and its future | Gay News | Scoop.it
I am forty-four years old, and I have lived through a startling transformation in the status of gay men and women in the United States.
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Marriage Equality Postal Survey Safeguards Fact Sheet

Marriage Equality Postal Survey Safeguards Fact Sheet | Gay News | Scoop.it

The postal survey on marriage equality is now underway. New laws have been put in place to try to ensure respectful debate. Here's what you need to know about how they impact on you.

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Thousands rally in Adelaide for marriage equality

Thousands rally in Adelaide for marriage equality | Gay News | Scoop.it

A CROWD estimated in the thousands has gathered at the steps of Parliament House in Adelaide to rally in support of same-sex marriage.

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Government and Labor agree on hate speech safeguards for same-sex marriage survey

Government and Labor agree on hate speech safeguards for same-sex marriage survey | Gay News | Scoop.it

The Federal Government and Labor have agreed on new temporary laws to safeguard against hate speech during the same-sex marriage postal survey.

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Edie Windsor, Civil Rights Icon and Hero, Has Died

Edie Windsor, Civil Rights Icon and Hero, Has Died | Gay News | Scoop.it

Edie Windsor, whose name became synonymous with marriage equality after her landmark legal challenge of the Defense of Marriage Act, died Tuesday in Manhattan at the age of 88. Windsor’s 2013 victory at the Supreme Court eventually opened the door to marriage equality nationwide, by serving as a judicial stepping stone to the national constitutional right to marriage equality, which would come two years later.

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Do same-sex couples really have the same rights as married couples?

Do same-sex couples really have the same rights as married couples? | Gay News | Scoop.it

In the midst of the postal survey on marriage equality, various arguments are being put forward as to why same-sex couples should not be able to marry. Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott has urged a ‘no’ vote in order to reject political correctness. The Archbishop of Melbourne has argued that marriage equality must be rejected “for the health and future” of society, while many others have been concerned about the protection of religious freedom. Indeed, it seems the issue of marriage equality is about anything but marriage.

Each of these arguments have been rebutted and dealt with in depth, but one primary ‘no’ argument remains largely untested: that same-sex couples already have the same rights as their married counterparts. Many columnists and commentators have raised this view; the Courier Mail’s Des Houghton recently stated that, “homosexual couples are accepted and have full legal rights. They already have equality and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise”.

Notwithstanding the symbolic importance of allowing same-sex couples to be able to call their relationship a ‘marriage’, it is also a complete myth that same-sex couples already enjoy the exact same rights as married couples. This argument probably began in 2008, when the federal Labor government passed a reform package that removed discrimination against same-sex de facto couples in areas such as taxation, superannuation, aged care, citizenship, and family law. In theory, this meant that ‘de facto’ same-sex couples should enjoy most of the legal rights that attach to marriage. However, there are two main problems with this proposition: same-sex couples have to prove their committed ‘de facto’ status in the first place (unlike married couples), and even when such status is proven, the legal rights which attach to marriage are not recognised in the same way for same-sex de facto couples as they are for married couples.

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How Australians think about same-sex marriage, in one map

How Australians think about same-sex marriage, in one map | Gay News | Scoop.it

Polling consistently shows most voters support same-sex marriage — but how do views vary across Australia?

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'Fair go': Brisbane SSM rally hears a lot of yes, and a little no

'Fair go': Brisbane SSM rally hears a lot of yes, and a little no | Gay News | Scoop.it

Thousands of people have rallied in Brisbane for same-sex marriage, with several streets in the city blocked off for the event at Queens Gardens in the CBD.

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Thousands rally for same-sex marriage

Thousands rally for same-sex marriage | Gay News | Scoop.it

THOUSANDS of same-sex marriage campaigners have rallied in Brisbane, with some responding to a religious counter-protest with an impromptu rendition of Gloria Gaynor’s ‘I Will Survive’.

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After The Same-Sex Marriage High Court Defeat, The "Yes" Campaign Focuses On Winning

After The Same-Sex Marriage High Court Defeat, The "Yes" Campaign Focuses On Winning | Gay News | Scoop.it

A couple of minutes before 2.15pm on Thursday, a hush fell over the High Court of Australia.

 

In a packed courtroom on the top floor of the Commonwealth Law Courts building in Melbourne, people waited for a knock at the door to signal the entry of the seven judges that make up the full bench of the court. Their assistants — young lawyers, known as associates — stood poised behind their bosses' chairs, while in a second courtroom nine stories down, about a hundred people silently watched them on a live feed. Journalists nervously checked their notes, praying they would be able to translate the legal directions soon to be handed down. And federal politicians sitting in parliamentary Question Time, 600km away in Canberra, refreshed their Twitter feeds.

 

Five minutes later, the country learned that Australia’s same-sex marriage postal survey would go ahead.

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John Howard voices support for 'No' vote

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Former Prime Minister John Howard has called for proposed same sex marriage legislation to be produced before the marriage postal survey vote closes in November.

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Inside the ‘Yes’ case

Inside the ‘Yes’ case | Gay News | Scoop.it

The ‘Yes’ campaign is refusing to get sidetracked by bitter personal fights with those opposed to same-sex marriage, focusing instead on inclusion.

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Talking about same-sex marriage across cultures

Talking about same-sex marriage across cultures | Gay News | Scoop.it

For Australians with multicultural backgrounds, it is hard enough to discuss being gay with your family, even without the same-sex marriage debate.

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Big crowd hits Toowoomba streets for marriage equality

Big crowd hits Toowoomba streets for marriage equality | Gay News | Scoop.it

IF THOMAS Coyne needed any more motivation to walk Toowoomba in support of marriage equality yesterday afternoon, it arrived moments before the march began.

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'We didn't have any gay role models. We had no one to talk to.'

'We didn't have any gay role models. We had no one to talk to.' | Gay News | Scoop.it

The road to happiness hasn't been easy for this Brisbane couple, who were joined by Olympians and others at the launch for #PostYourYES.

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Same-sex marriage myths debunked

Same-sex marriage myths debunked | Gay News | Scoop.it

STRIDENT claims have been flying back and forth for weeks in the same-sex marriage debate. Here are the biggest myths.

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The postal survey is both bizarre and typical in the history of Western marriage

The postal survey is both bizarre and typical in the history of Western marriage | Gay News | Scoop.it

Changes to marriage around the world have, historically, met with strident opposition, so it's no surprise that same-sex marriage in Australia has had its own tough road to hoe.

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Don't Post Pictures Of Your Entire Same-Sex Marriage Survey Form Online, Says ABS

Don't Post Pictures Of Your Entire Same-Sex Marriage Survey Form Online, Says ABS | Gay News | Scoop.it

Step away from Instagram.

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Recognising the unsung heroes of Australia's AIDS crisis

The AIDS crisis arrived in Australia in 1982 and triggered an enormous (and successful) public health response, largely driven by volunteers. These people, often from marginalised communities in their own right, deserve recognition in Australia's proud volunteer tradition.

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Lagging behind on SSM laws

Lagging behind on SSM laws | Gay News | Scoop.it

The fact is – we are everyday people. We are your work colleagues. Your friends. Your sons. Daughters. Grandchildren. You know that. The majority of us know that.

But as much as polls have shown that the majority of us support marriage equality, there’s a real risk that the average Australian is getting sick of hearing about this issue.

And the more people like myself talk about it, the more some of you will get sick of it, even if you’re ultimately in support, so, there’s going to be a sense of complacency in people not voting.

Years from now, I hope we look back on this time and shake our heads in embarrassment that it actually had to come to this – some sort of popularity contest to see if we’re worthy of acceptance from the Australian public.

But until then, even if you’re sick of hearing about this issue on the news and in social media every single day, please don’t be complacent.

We need your vote.

I’m urging you to vote yes because it’s the right thing to do and it’s time.

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Too young to vote, 16-year-old encourages others to vote 'yes' for marriage equality

Too young to vote, 16-year-old encourages others to vote 'yes' for marriage equality | Gay News | Scoop.it

Thousands march for marriage equality in Brisbane on Sunday, to encourage people to vote yes in the postal survey.

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NRL backs gay ‘yes’ vote after Roberts’ plea

NRL backs gay ‘yes’ vote after Roberts’ plea | Gay News | Scoop.it

IAN Roberts, rugby league’s first openly gay player, cried tears of pride when the NRL revealed it will publicly support same-sex marriage, insisting the decision “would save lives”.

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Support for same-sex marriage falling and 'no' vote rising, advocate polling shows

Support for same-sex marriage falling and 'no' vote rising, advocate polling shows | Gay News | Scoop.it

Support for same-sex marriage has crashed ahead of the Turnbull government's postal survey, and only two-thirds of voters are inclined to take part, according to the latest polling from same-sex marriage advocates.

At the start of a two-month campaign, the confidential research provided to Fairfax Media shows support for a "no" vote has risen, as has the number of people who say they don't know how they will vote. 

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Same-sex marriage survey: help us track dubious claims and misleading material

Same-sex marriage survey: help us track dubious claims and misleading material | Gay News | Scoop.it

Have you seen misleading material on either side of the debate in the government’s postal survey? Help us report on it using the form below

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These religious leaders are putting dogma aside to support same-sex marriage

These religious leaders are putting dogma aside to support same-sex marriage | Gay News | Scoop.it

If you met two priests, a rabbi and an imam, would you presume that because of their religious beliefs they would oppose same-sex marriage? Well, think again.

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The same-sex marriage vote could be a cliffhanger

The same-sex marriage vote could be a cliffhanger | Gay News | Scoop.it

A SHOCK new poll shows support for same-sex marriage is falling, while people who say they won’t take part in the controversial survey has risen.

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