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Jason Collins: Black — and gay — like me

Jason Collins: Black — and gay — like me | Gay News | Scoop.it
Why the race of NBA’s first openly gay player matters just as much as his sexual orientation
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SAME-SEX MARRIAGE: Editor calls for yes vote

SAME-SEX MARRIAGE: Editor calls for yes vote | Gay News | Scoop.it

The Federal Government's postal plebiscite on same-sex marriage is a sham.

 

What a waste of $122 million.

 

We, the voters, elect members of parliament to represent our interests and make decisions.

 

Not to duck big issues like same-sex marriage.

 

A postal vote is plain gutless.

 

No doubt Tony Abbott and his like-minded colleagues will be hoping that an older demographic, used to mailing systems, will dominate the vote.

 

They are also more likely to side with his hopes of a No vote.

 

There are strong concerns about the postal vote.

 

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) has condemned the postal vote decision.

 

"We support the current constitutional challenge to the funding of this divisive and ridiculous proposal which will not produce a statistically meaningful outcome and is, unhappily, likely to encourage hate speech against the LGBTI community, their families and their children," said ALHR's LGBTI Committee Co-Chair, Nicholas Stewart.

 

Same-sex marriage is a no-brainer.

 

To continue to discriminate against LGBTI Australians cannot be tolerated any longer.

 

Let us allow loving couples to marry.

 

How can such a simple, decent thing be so difficult?

 

It is time for us to move forward.

 

The legislation of same-sex marriage is inevitable.

 

I am urging everyone to make sure they vote and to vote 'YES'.

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Abbott points finger at 'yes' advocates

Abbott points finger at 'yes' advocates | Gay News | Scoop.it

Former prime minister Tony Abbott has warned against "moral bullying" ahead of a national postal vote on same-sex marriage.

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Public mood turns against marriage equality postal vote, poll shows

Public mood turns against marriage equality postal vote, poll shows | Gay News | Scoop.it

Public disapproval of the postal ballot on same-sex marriage has increased over the past week as political and public controversy about the concept has intensified, according to the latest Guardian Essential poll.

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We Tried To Answer Literally Every Question About The Same-Sex Marriage Postal Survey

We Tried To Answer Literally Every Question About The Same-Sex Marriage Postal Survey | Gay News | Scoop.it
What you need to know, and more.
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It’s time for Australians to enrol for equality now

It’s time for Australians to enrol for equality now | Gay News | Scoop.it

Just because the federal government won’t do their job, doesn’t mean we stop doing ours.

Make sure you join the tens of thousands of Australians venting their frustration at a postal vote plebiscite by enrolling to vote, updating your details today, and telling all your friends and family to do the same.

Together let’s show that our reaction to the government’s insulting postal vote plan is to get more politically engaged and active than ever before.


This starts with making sure you and all your friends and family are being counted and are on the electoral role. Enrol and update now at www.aec.gov.au/enrol.

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‘No’ campaigners have misjudged Australia

‘No’ campaigners have misjudged Australia | Gay News | Scoop.it

FIRST Esther became a lesbian. Then it was Zara. Then, suddenly, every second girl in the boarding school was claiming to be gay. They were pashing in the carpark and holding hands at the shops down the road, desperately hoping someone would see them.

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Debates that are just distractions

Debates that are just distractions | Gay News | Scoop.it

LAST week, it was explained that many Australians cannot post letters. People who do not believe in same-sex marriage must be hateful and boycotts are the sensible voice of resistance. Then Sam Dastyari and Derryn Hinch kissed, in scenes certain to turn stomachs if not votes.

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Olympic Legend Ian Thorpe Joins Marriage Equality Campaign

Olympic Legend Ian Thorpe Joins Marriage Equality Campaign | Gay News | Scoop.it

Thorpe wants a 'Yes' vote on gay marriage.

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Marriage equality: 'The only thing worse than having this postal vote ... is losing it'

Marriage equality: 'The only thing worse than having this postal vote ... is losing it' | Gay News | Scoop.it

After a week of jousting between the ‘yes’ and ‘no’ campaigns, the battle is on the get the vote out and settle the argument once and for all

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The Postal Survey We Had To Have

The Postal Survey We Had To Have | Gay News | Scoop.it

"Even if the 'yes' people, after a month or so, they realise we better get behind this, Abbott is going to be 100 yards ahead of you."

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Marriage equality advocates pivot from rejection to recruitment

Bill Shorten has pivoted from rejection of the postal vote to a recruitment drive for the ‘yes’ campaign.

The Labor leader followed a passionate speech in the House of Representatives yesterday, with a round of interviews this morning imploring same sex marriage supporters to register and vote.

"Vote yes and make sure your friends and relatives and colleagues and classmates and team mates vote yes too”, the Labor leader said yesterday.

The calls come as the high court prepares to consider legal challenges today and some supporters of marriage equality consider a boycott.

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Mathias Cormann reaches out to Labor, Greens to set ground rules for 'fair' debate on same-sex marriage

Mathias Cormann reaches out to Labor, Greens to set ground rules for 'fair' debate on same-sex marriage | Gay News | Scoop.it

The Turnbull government has reached out to Labor, the Greens and the crossbench with an invitation to pass a special law to set the ground rules for a fair and respectful debate on same-sex marriage.

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Using the ABS to conduct a same-sex marriage poll is legally shaky and lacks legitimacy

Using the ABS to conduct a same-sex marriage poll is legally shaky and lacks legitimacy | Gay News | Scoop.it

The Turnbull government’s decision to put the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) in charge of a voluntary postal plebiscite on same-sex marriage has left many scratching their heads. It was expected the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) would run the vote, not the body responsible for the five-yearly census.

 

By giving the job to the ABS, the government has sidestepped questionsabout its constitutional authority to pay for an AEC-run plebiscite. But it has opened up new avenues of legal challenge and established a process that lacks legitimacy.

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If We're Unable To Stop The Postal Plebiscite, We Must Win It

If We're Unable To Stop The Postal Plebiscite, We Must Win It | Gay News | Scoop.it

Earlier this week, Bel Hopkinson, who just recently turned 18, told us that "I am proud to be voting YES to marriage equality in the upcoming postal vote as my first-ever vote". So many Australians have raised concerns about the postal vote and we are continuing to fight this ridiculous idea in the courts.

But, if this vote cannot be stopped, we will need all Australians -- young and old -- to step up, stand together and make sure they are on the electoral roll, ready to vote so that love can win. The energy and commitment of people like Bel who are coming forward and raising their voices in support fills us with hope and inspiration.

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Dastyari Says Abetz' Historic Comments Prove Plebiscite Will Get 'Ugly'

Dastyari Says Abetz' Historic Comments Prove Plebiscite Will Get 'Ugly' | Gay News | Scoop.it

New South Wales Labor senator Sam Dastyari has used Tasmanian Liberal senator Eric Abetz' historic comments about homosexuality against him to suggest the postal plebiscite on same-sex marriage will attract negative public debate.

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Public servants warned to be careful what they say on plebiscite campaign

Public servants warned to be careful what they say on plebiscite campaign | Gay News | Scoop.it

Public servants have been warned they could breach their conditions of employment by making political comments during the Turnbull government's postal plebiscite on same-sex marriage.

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Process for Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey

Process for Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey | Gay News | Scoop.it

The Treasurer, under the Census and Statistics Act 1905, has directed the Australian Statistician to request statistical information from all Australians on the Commonwealth Electoral Roll, as to their views on whether or not the law should be changed to allow same sex couples to marry.

Who can participate?

The collection of data shall be limited to those Australians who are enrolled on the Commonwealth Electoral Roll (or those who've made a valid request for enrolment) by the end of 24 August 2017 local time (ie midnight).
People who become eligible for enrolment after the 24 August, for example for those who turn 18 after 24 August, will not be on the roll and therefore not included in the survey.

Special Strategies to support participation

Arrangements will be put in place to allow eligible Australians living in remote areas, those living overseas, those located in the Antarctic, Government personnel on overseas deployment, those unable to self-complete a paper form, or those without access to mail to have an opportunity to participate in the survey.

Further details of these processes will be released on the ABS website (www.abs.gov.au) as soon as they are finalised.

Mailout of Survey Forms

An Australian Marriage Law Survey Form will be sent by post to every eligible Australian. It will be sent to the address on the Commonwealth Electoral Roll.

Survey forms will be mailed as soon as practical from the week commencing 12 September.

The package containing the survey form will include a reply paid envelope and instructions on how to complete the survey form.

Eligible Australians who will not be at their enrolled address during the mailout period should arrange to have their mail forwarded or can contact the Australian Marriage Law Survey Information Line to arrange for a survey form to be dispatched to their nominated address. The Information Line 1800 572 113 is open 7 days a week, 8am - 8pm (local time).

The survey envelope is designated to be for the survey response only and is not a channel for correspondence, complaints or other communication. Any extraneous material inserted in the envelope with the survey form will be destroyed and, due to processing machinery or possible contamination, may result in the survey form also being destroyed and therefore not processed.

Replacement of Survey Forms

Lost or spoilt survey forms can be replaced. Requests must be made by the eligible Australian themselves or a legally authorised person (ie a person with power of attorney, authorised carer for person with severe disability etc).
Requests for replacement materials will only be accepted until 6pm 11 October 2017 and details on how to do this will be published on the ABS website when finalised.

Completion of the Survey Form

Completion of the form is voluntary.

Those who choose to not complete the form are encouraged to destroy it by tearing it into two or more parts.

Survey forms need to be completed in accordance with the instructions provided in the survey materials. This material will also be published on the ABS website.

Each eligible Australian is responsible for the completion of their own survey form.

Consistent with practice during statistical collection activity like Australian Censuses, the ABS encourages people needing assistance to complete their survey form, to seek help from someone they trust.

Return of Survey Forms

Only one survey response is accepted for each eligible Australian.

ABS encourages the timely return of survey forms.

ABS strongly encourages eligible Australians to return the completed survey to the ABS address on the return envelope by 6pm on 27 October 2017. ABS cannot accept surveys received at the address after 6pm on 7 November 2017.

Processing of Survey Forms

Survey responses will be progressively processed during the collection period, however results will not be released until 15 November 2017.

Measures will be put in place to ensure the secrecy of each survey response and the integrity of the process. These measures will detect any attempted multiple responses associated with an individual eligible Australian with only the first response counted.

There are potential penalties for providing false or misleading information to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Secrecy

ABS will keep the identity of all respondents separate from their survey responses at all times. The barcode on the survey form will be used for “mark-in” purposes only and is a single-use, anonymous, code. No person who sees or has any access to any completed forms will know both the name of eligible Australians and the related single-use code.

The Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey will ask only a single question. While the Electoral Division for each response will also be captured, there will be no linkage of survey responses to other data (and any linkage will not be possible given the separation of responses from any identifying information and the use of an anonymous mark-in code).

Survey responses will be anonymous and protected under the secrecy provisions of the Census and Statistics Act 1905.

All ABS officers sign a secrecy and fidelity undertaking, legally binding them to never release information collected under the Census and Statistics Act 1905. Penalties include fines of up to $21,600 or imprisonment for up to 2 years, or both, for anybody convicted of breaching this obligation.

Publishing Statistical Information

The Australian Statistician will publish the statistical information on 15 November 2017 through the ABS Website.

Results will be official statistics in the form of a count of response (Yes, No and Invalid) by Commonwealth Electoral Division (CED), State/Territory and National.

Information from the Electoral Roll will be used independently to produce a participation rate by age and gender for each Commonwealth Electoral Division (CED), State/Territory and National.

The answer to the survey question is anonymous so information on actual survey answers by age or gender will not be available.

Destruction of materials collected

The completed survey material and envelopes will be securely destroyed within 60 days of the publication of the data collection results.

Assurance of Integrity and Quality

The Australian Statistician will ensure that the collection of the statistical information is undertaken with a high level of transparency, integrity and assurance in the accuracy of the data.

Observers will be nominated by Commonwealth parliamentarians to observe key steps in the survey process in order to provide an outside view to the Australian Statistician on the integrity of the survey process.

The Australian Statistician will publish a statement on the quality and integrity of the survey on 15 November 2017.

Further details of this process will be released as they are finalised.

Key Dates

Thursday, 24 August 2017 - Electoral Roll closes for new enrolments or changes to enrolments (midnight local time).

Tuesday, 12 September 2017 - Commencement of mailing of forms and collection period.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017 – Requests for replacement material closes (6pm local time).

Friday, 27 October 2017 – The date all eligible Australians will be strongly encouraged to return their form by.

Tuesday, 7 November (6pm EST) – No responses received after this date will be processed.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017 – Statistics released.

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What is the High Court challenge to the same-sex marriage postal poll all about?

What is the High Court challenge to the same-sex marriage postal poll all about? | Gay News | Scoop.it

There are seven justices of the High Court, but they might be hoping they had a few more on the bench to spread the workload as Parliament House keeps pumping out legal challenges.

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'Equal to anyone else': Thorpe joins campaign for same sex marriage

'Equal to anyone else': Thorpe joins campaign for same sex marriage | Gay News | Scoop.it

Olympic swimming champion Ian Thorpe has joined the campaign pushing for same-sex marriage in Australia, saying it will remove layers of discrimination.

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Here are 3 billion more reasons to vote 'yes' to same sex marriage

Here are 3 billion more reasons to vote 'yes' to same sex marriage | Gay News | Scoop.it

The explosion of love and goodwill that would accompany the legalisation of same-sex marriage cannot come soon enough for the Australian economy.

Battered and bruised from the global financial crisis and the end of the mining boom, the Australia economy is in desperate need of a boost to demand to fuel job creation and pay rises.

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Make a stand, Mr Turnbull

Make a stand, Mr Turnbull | Gay News | Scoop.it

Turnbull was the first sitting Prime Minister to march in the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. He lives in an electorate with a very large gay population. He claims to support gay marriage and had previously stated his support for the issue being decided by a free vote in the parliament.

And yet last week he led, or more accurately followed, his party into a plebiscite-like process that was proposed and designed by the number one opponent of marriage equality, Tony Abbott. A vote that is vehemently opposed by the gay community and their supporters because of concerns it will unnecessarily stir up vilification and hate.

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Libs could lose this in the post

Libs could lose this in the post | Gay News | Scoop.it

Malcolm Turnbull is confident of victory by Christmas on same-sex marriage but confronts two dangers that could test the political maturity of a Liberal Party that is almost impossible to lead.

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High Court to hear same-sex ballot challenge in September

High Court to hear same-sex ballot challenge in September | Gay News | Scoop.it

A challenge to the Federal Government's same-sex marriage postal ballot is adjourned to be heard on September 5 and 6 in the High Court, with a directions hearing to be held on Thursday.

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Same-sex marriage survey: Inside the High Court challenge

Same-sex marriage survey: Inside the High Court challenge | Gay News | Scoop.it

The political battle lines are being drawn up around the same-sex marriage survey which will be arriving in your mail box in a month or so.

Labor announced today it will marshal its troops and political weaponry behind a campaign for the yes vote, while some members of the Government have begun to fight their own individual fights.

But one parliamentarian wants no such battles to be fought at all; independent Tasmanian MP Andrew Wilkie has added his name to a High Court challenge of the postal process.

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Human Rights Law Centre: Our High Court challenge to the Government's divisive and unnecessary postal plebiscite

Human Rights Law Centre: Our High Court challenge to the Government's divisive and unnecessary postal plebiscite | Gay News | Scoop.it

A postal plebiscite will expose LGBTI people to hurtful abuse, will be non-binding, and will suppress the vote of people who support marriage equality.

 

And we believe that the postal plebiscite is unconstitutional.

 

Today we filed a High Court challenge on behalf of Australian Marriage Equality and Senator Janet Rice arguing that the postal plebiscite is unlawful.

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