Attorney general George Brandis says he wants the marriage equalityplebiscite to be compulsory, which is all very well as far as it goes, but it does not go far enough.
He has also said that “the only way” marriage equality can be dealt with in the life of the next parliament is through a plebiscite – something we know to be incorrect.
We’re flying blind here because Australia has never had a compulsory plebiscite. Unlike elections or referenda it is not mandatory to attend a polling station to cast a non-binding vote in a plebiscite.
The idea that compulsory voting in a plebiscite may not be constitutional is an interesting, novel argument. However, I think Professor Twomey is correct (as usual) when she says "I’d be doubtful that the high court would strike down a law providing for compulsory voting in a plebiscite, but there would at least be an argument about it that could be made in the high court."
Divisions have emerged between marriage equality advocates over tactics on whether to throw weight behind a plebiscite campaign or consider delaying calls for same-sex marriage to avoid a popular vote at all costs.
Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays have launched a survey to gauge whether the LGBTI community would prefer to delay marriage equality, in what would amount to a major rethink of tactics.
On Friday, PFLAG national spokeswoman, Shelley Argent, told ABC’s Lateline that some LGBTI people were so fearful of a plebiscite campaign they may prefer to wait for same-sex marriage.
“Somebody said to me, it’s better to wait than to be walking over bodies as you walk down the aisle, and I think that’s very true,” she said.
But Australian Marriage Equality (AME) has rejected the call, saying it would be irresponsible not to prepare for a plebiscite even if gay and lesbian people would prefer a parliamentary vote on same-sex marriage.
INDIGENOUS recognition in the constitution should be prioritised over a plebiscite on same-sex marriage, according to shadow treasurer Chris Bowen in an interview with Sky News Australia’s Sunday Agenda.
Bowen argued that the plebiscite was unnecessary and advocated a parliamentary vote.
When Looking premiered back in 2014, you could say I found it politically troubling. Those issues faded somewhat in season two; but by then, I had decided that politics aside, the earnest tone and gauzy approach of director Andrew Haigh and writer Michael Lannan just weren’t for me. If you like misty shots of the San Francisco skyline and close-ups of Jonathan Groff’s variations on a pained smile, you may enjoy Looking: The Movie, the show’s feature-length finale airing Saturday on HBO.
All visionaries have their obsessions. For Thomas Edison, it was electricity. For Elon Musk, space travel. And for Colin Burn, it's a vibrator that costs a million dollars.
Burn, a 53-year-old jeweler in Perth, Australia, who first made a name for himself by devising a process for gilding leaves and flowers in gold and silver, has spent the last dozen years creating wildly extravagant sex toys for the global 1%. These come encrusted with jewels, monogrammed, and custom detailed, made from the world's most precious woods and metals and even human hair. They range from silver nipple clamps for $299, to the "Pearl Mini Vibe" in silver with an actual pearl on top for $3,000, to the Pearl Vibrator in platinum, which includes a necklace made with pearls and diamonds and matching earrings, and costs $36,000. Priciest of all is Burn's Diletto. Made out of 18-karat white gold and festooned with 400 diamonds. Yours for $38,000.
Burn's accomplishments are many, but one thing continues to elude him: the million-dollar vibrator. It's now designed, prototyped, and ready to go, but it took years of hustle, hard work, and enduring the taunts of friends and colleagues to get there.
When the US Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in June 2015, a rallying cry went up for a rainbow flag emoji to celebrate the occasion. Noah Slater, who identifies as a “queer trans feminist nerd,” emailed the Unicode consortium—the organization responsible for approving emoji—to say that “there is a clear need for a rainbow flag that unambiguously symbolizes queer pride.”
More than a year later, that argument is gaining some traction. On Tuesday (July 19), Google software engineer Mark Davis—also the co-founder and current president of Unicode—submitted a formal proposal for a rainbow flag emoji. Davis urged the committee to design and release the flag before the Unicode 10.0 update, due to launch in mid-2017. “Because existing Unicode characters are used, vendors can begin design and implementation work now and can deploy before the end of 2016,” he wrote.
The subject of the gay fascist is, unsurprisingly, a sensitive one. Real-life fascist regimes mercilessly persecuted homosexuals, and any empirical connection between homosexuality and fascism is tenuous, despite what Christian conspiracy theorists and gay contrarians might have you believe. The gay fascist is a real historical figure — for instance, the French critic Robert Brasillach or the SA leader Ernst Röhm — but, more significantly, it’s a cultural trope, familiar from films such as Luchino Visconti’s The Damned and novels such as Jonathan Littell’s The Kindly Ones. In these works of fiction, the gay fascist, who is generally debonair, witty, and well-read, is meant to stand in for the cultural afflictions of the society that produced him: decadence, cynicism, sadism; the narcissism and aestheticism of over-civilization; the worship of death and the loss of hope in the future (associations all courted by Milo with his Twitter name, Nero).
The acronym "RNC" technically refers to the Republican National Convention taking place in Cleveland, Ohio this week. But if the city's current influx of RNC-themed "casual encounters" Craigslist advertisements is any indication, it could just as well stand for, like, Raunchy Nut Cock (or something).
The Daily Dotreports that the classifieds site has become a veritable treasure trove of NSFW hookup ads in recent days.
A new poll has found that only 48% of Australians back a marriage equality plebiscite, casting doubt over the government’s claim the “overwhelming majority” of Australians back the idea.
Galaxy asked 1,000 Australian voters “regardless of your views on same-sex marriage” whether they support or oppose a national plebiscite to decide whether same-sex couples should be able to marry.
The poll, commissioned by the Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), found 48% of respondents supported the plebiscite, 30% oppose it and 20% are undecided.
When told the result of a plebiscite would not be binding and “politicians will still need to vote on whether to agree or disagree with what the public has decided, potentially overriding the public’s vote”, support fell to 33%.
When told the plebiscite is expected to cost $160m, support came in at 25%.
Over the past eight years, scientists have tried many ways to replicate what happened in Timothy Brown’s body. On Thursday at the massive International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa, a group of European researchers will report that they may have done so in two people with the disease. Since getting bone marrow transplants three years ago, these two patients have cleared HIV from their bodies (though they are also still taking antiretroviral drugs).
Labor believes there is enough support in the parliament if a conscience vote were to take place to make marriage equality a reality within the first few weeks of parliament. We call on Mr Turnbull to show leadership and consider allowing this to happen.
It would be a much-needed display of bipartisanship, it would avoid a hurtful public debate, and it would show that Mr Turnbull is not afraid of his own backbench, suggesting the former man of conviction is still in there somewhere.
It would give LGBTI Australians the equal rights they deserve, bring Australia into the 21st century, and achieve marriage equality without a vitriolic public debate.
Sadly, I have very strong doubts this will happen. Prime minister Turnbull has had many opportunities to show spine, to take initiative and show leadership. He has failed all of these.
It is likely he will fail here again. And it will no longer be a surprise.
Polls continue to show majority community support for same-sex marriage in Australia, the only developed English-speaking nation yet to remove this injustice from its statute books. Same-sex marriage will come here, and all that will happen is people in love will get married. All that is needed is for our federal politicians to be given a free vote on it. It can and should be done within weeks.
The logistics and technicalities of the plebiscite were never properly explained. As recently as last week, a poll showed that once people are told a plebiscite will cost $160 million, perhaps a lot more, and is not binding on politicians, only one in four people think it's a good idea.
It is a terrible idea. It will waste a fortune of taxpayers' dollars. People who have long been discriminated against will be vilified. It will hurt not only same-sex couples, but their families, friends and loved ones. It is needlessly and unconscionably divisive in a nation that prides itself on fairness.
Mr Turnbull has the option to honourably lead his colleagues and our nation in a change that is compelled by evolving circumstances and by fundamental justice. We urge him to take it.
The re-elected Turnbull government is determined to get moving on a same-sex marriage plebiscite. The greatest challenge is to gain Parliament's support to hold the vote. The plebiscite should be backed by a new law setting down matters such as the question on the ballot paper and who can vote.
The iPhone’s TouchID sensor will work with a lot more body parts than just your fingers, according to Reddit user A_Gigantic_Potato, who painstakingly tested an iPhone 6s+ iOS 9.3.2. with just about every body part he could think of.
The Government's ultimatum – "a plebiscite or nothing" – poses significant challenges to the marriage equality movement. Should it focus on winning a plebiscite, or blocking it and then securing a free vote? Can it do both?
As Slate met delegates in and around the Republican National Convention, one of the less expected was Colton Buckley, a young Republican from Texas who came out as gay shortly after the massacre at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. Fresh faced and cheerfully strident, he told us more gay Republicans need to come out, why LGBT people should never support Hillary Clinton, and how he reconciles the GOP’s anti-gay platform with his support for the party.
Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) and new LGBTIQ advocacy group, just.equal are calling for LGBTI Australians to take part in a survey canvassing their opinions on marriage equality and the way forward , including whether they support a plebiscite or free vote in parliament.
The survey has been put together by marriage equality researcher Dr Sharon Dane who says it will provide the most comprehensive picture of how the LGBTI community wants to progress the issue.
Toye de Wilde is an important figure in the early days of the AIDS epidemic and the formation of the Queensland AIDS Committee and is Patron of QuAC. As a showgirl and activist, she spread the safe sex message and told Brisbane’s gay men the facts about the epidemic. At 71, she tells Andrew Shaw it’s a message that needs reviving.
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