SAME-sex marriage will happen in Australia sooner rather than later, the architect of the successful US campaign for equality says, and he’s coming down to help.
Evan Wolfson was the founder of Freedom to Marry, a strategic hub for the national equality battle in America that ultimately won in 2015.
Since being “gladly” put out of work, the lawyer has travelled the world helping activists in other countries. As he turns his sights to Australia, he’s confident of another victory.
“This is the moment — this is the time,” Wolfson said.
“You guys are so far ahead of where we were when we won. You have more public support and you have an entire global track record to point to, showing that ending marriage discrimination doesn’t hurt anyone and isn’t a leap into the dark.”
MEMBERS of the Australian Defence Force’s LGBTI information service will march in this year’s Mardi Gras parade to celebrate queer inclusion in the Australian military.
The ban on gay and lesbian service in the Australian military was officially overturned in 1992, however a new research project has found that the history of LGBTI people enlisting and serving dates back to the Second World War and earlier.
"You saw the whole of the moon", Brisbane singer Alison St Ledger sang heartbreakingly on Monday morning at singer-songwriter Carol Lloyd's funeral, bringing a tear to the eyes of hundreds of people inside St John's Cathedral.
Last week Australia took a real and significant step towards making marriage equality a reality with the report of the Senate committee on same-sex marriage. The committee set out a unanimous analysis on the key areas to be considered in passing a marriage equality bill.
It doesn't sound very exciting at first, but this is not a normal political process story. The events of last week have changed the political landscape on the issue in several critical ways and the pathway to marriage equality has become clearer as a result.
I have no doubt that Gorsuch’s gay former classmates and clerks genuinely see him as an LGBTQ ally. But the fact remains that these amicable associations tell us virtually nothing about his jurisprudence. A review of his past decisions, on the other hands, reveals a judge who is quite skeptical of LGBTQ claims and hesitant to insist that the government be made to respect LGBTQ people’s dignity. These rulings and writings, while relatively scarce, tell us more about his legal convictions than any personal ties possibly could. And they do not give LGBTQ Americans much cause for optimism.
A fresh parliamentary push on same-sex marriage has become more likely after a cross-party Senate committee reached a broad consensus on refining the government's same-sex marriage legislation.
In a report published Wednesday, senators from the Coalition, Labor, the Greens and the Nick Xenophon Team took aim at aspects of the Marriage Act changes proposed by Attorney-General George Brandis ahead of the failed same-sex marriage plebiscite.
The Northern Territory AIDS and Hepatitis Council (NTAHC) and the Queensland AIDS Council (QuAC) have launched a joint campaign to reverse federal funding cuts to their Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sexual health programs.
The government has announced it will stop funding from June 30 to both QuAC 2 Spirits and the NTAHC Aboriginal Sexual Health program.
Each program represents a longstanding effort to address the disproportionate STI rates among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Queensland and the NT. The impending cuts are set to draw the programs to an indefinite close.
Teen suicide attempts in the U.S. declined after same-sex marriage became legal and the biggest impact was among gay, lesbian and bisexual kids, a study found.
The research found declines in states that passed laws allowing gays to marry before the Supreme Court made it legal nationwide. The results don't prove there's a connection, but researchers said policymakers should be aware of the measures' potential benefits for youth mental health.
A new website has been launched to help sexual and gender diverse job seekers find employers that are committed to accepting and celebrating diversity, in what is set to be a first for Australian workplace inclusion.
The Pride in Diversity initiative is called LGBTI Inclusive Employers and involves an online platform showcasing organisations active in LGBTI workplace inclusion.
The sprint toward liberalism and equality has made homophobia a dirty word, as it should be – there are very few people, even your most unpleasant, right-wing neighbour or narrow-minded lout, who would actively want to be seen as homophobic. Oh, sure, it’s still happening – LGBT people still get beaten up for no reason and are discriminated against every day – but the official line is that none of this is acceptable. Governments have legislated, perpetrators got punished (eventually) and most overt acts of discrimination have been consigned to history, but this doesn't mean the war is won. Far from it. Better go get your armour. Homophobia and transphobia are still absolutely everywhere, so ingrained into society that they seem like the most natural thing in the world. Nobody – and by nobody I mean straight people primarily, but LGBT people are not beyond turning a blind eye – seems to mind or to care. But if you hand me that torch I’ll shine it into some dark, uncomfortable corners.
New polling suggests 71% of people would look more favourably on the Turnbull government if it allowed a free vote on same-sex marriage instead of holding a plebiscite, including 64% who lean to voting Liberal.
The new Galaxy poll, obtained by Guardian Australia, comes as marriage equality returns to the national political agenda. A parliamentary committee is due to hand down its findings on the exposure draft of a marriage bill presented by the government ahead of the failure of the plebiscite.
A former Tory minister who helped bring about same-sex marriage in Britain has a warning for conservatives in the Turnbull government: same-sex marriage cannot be ignored, and it may even be good for you.
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