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Same-sex marriage law High Court challenge confirmed

Same-sex marriage law High Court challenge confirmed | Gay News | Scoop.it
The ACT government has vowed to fight an Abbott government challenge in the High Court to the territory's same-sex marriage laws.
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This farmer wants the right to get married to the partner of his choice

This farmer wants the right to get married to the partner of his choice | Gay News | Scoop.it

What fifth-generation dairy farmer Jason Smith wants is something most people take for granted – to be able to marry the person he loves.

The south-west Victorian man said legalising marriage between same-sex couples would go a long way to breaking down the prejudice and hurdles LGBTI people still face in Australia.

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Decline in New HIV Infections in D.C. Points to Effectiveness of Treatment as Prevention

Decline in New HIV Infections in D.C. Points to Effectiveness of Treatment as Prevention | Gay News | Scoop.it

Over the past decade, the District of Columbia has seen more than a 74% decrease in the number of new HIV infections, from 1,333 new cases in 2007 to 347 in 2016. Although a myriad of public health programs have contributed to this decline, the most impactful has been treatment as prevention, according to Michael Kharfen, senior deputy director of HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, STD and TB Administration (HAHSTA), D.C. Department of Health.

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Same-sex marriage: conservatives split over postal-vote plebiscite

Same-sex marriage: conservatives split over postal-vote plebiscite | Gay News | Scoop.it

Prominent conservatives within the Coalition are split over whether to hold a postal vote plebiscite on same-sex marriage to stymie a push by Liberal moderates for a conscience vote on the issue. 

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A lifelong gay rights advocate just became Britain's most powerful judge

A lifelong gay rights advocate just became Britain's most powerful judge | Gay News | Scoop.it

A longtime supporter of gay rights has been appointed as the UK’s top judge.

 

Baroness Hale of Richmond is to be the new Supreme Court president, the first woman to hold the post in UK history.

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Noosa shire council voices support for marriage equality

Noosa shire council voices support for marriage equality | Gay News | Scoop.it

Noosa's council in the latest local government body to voice its support for marriage equality, calling on the federal government to take action.

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PM reportedly under pressure to adopt a postal plebiscite plan

PM reportedly under pressure to adopt a postal plebiscite plan | Gay News | Scoop.it

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is reportedly under pressure to accept the proposal of a postal based plebiscite on marriage equality after the Queensland Liberal-National party passed a motion voicing support for the idea.

The Australian has reported that the Queensland branch passed a motion supporting the idea for a non-binding, non-compulsory national vote that would be mailed out to voters.

The motion calling on the federal government to act on marriage equality was passed after what has been described as a “fiery debate” that was closed to the media.

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Courage, integrity on same-sex vote

Courage, integrity on same-sex vote | Gay News | Scoop.it

It has been a tough week for Smith.

He said he shed tears as he read our STM piece last week in which he recounted his own journey of self discovery.

Not all correspondence to Smith this week was positive.

Clearly, there are many Australians who still believe that the traditional definition of marriage — a union between a man and a woman — should be retained.

At one stage during the week, Smith abandoned office protocol whereby calls coming into the building are answered by a staffer.

Smith decided to answer the calls directly and confronted questions on his same-sex-marriage stance.

Did this sway the opinions of those who called his office to protest?

Some yes. Some no. But it didn’t matter.

Smith wanted to show that he was prepared to confront his critics, as well as his supporters.

In an era where people everywhere seem to have lost confidence, and respect in their political leaders and politicians, I believe Smith’s courage and integrity should be applauded.

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Malta becomes latest country to legalise same-sex marriage before Australia

Malta becomes latest country to legalise same-sex marriage before Australia | Gay News | Scoop.it

MALTA has voted to legalise same-sex marriage in parliament, with only one of the country’s 67 parliamentarians voting against the amendment.

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LGBT Americans Say They Feel Less Safe Under President Trump: Poll

LGBT Americans Say They Feel Less Safe Under President Trump: Poll | Gay News | Scoop.it

Nearly two-thirds of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people say they feel less safe since President Donald Trump took office because of their sexuality or gender identity, according to a SurveyMonkey poll shared exclusively with TIME.

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Opposing SSM vote will hurt right

Opposing SSM vote will hurt right | Gay News | Scoop.it

For a representative democracy such as ours to experiment in ­unnecessary direct democracy is a radical step, make no mistake. Which is why it’s so ironic that conservatives are pushing for the precedent-setting plebiscite on the issue of same-sex marriage.

The Coalition wants us to ­believe this isn’t a precedent-setting event — gays are different, marriage is different, so a rights-based vote can be regarded as a one-off. They don’t word their justification so indelicately but that’s the consequence of their rhetoric to try to justify this vote. Such “logic” hypocritically ignores the fact John Howard changed the Marriage Act in 2004 in a way to prevent the courts ­determining if gay couples could marry. No plebiscite then, but Howard is a conservative who respects parliamentary democracy.

Ordinarily, it’s conservatives who warn about the “slippery slope” when considering shifts from the norm. Or, as Sir Humphrey of Yes, Minister fame ­described it, a “Bennite solution” (named after Tony Benn, a radical left-wing British politician who died in 2014). Yet here they are risking the start of a slippery slope.

Advocacy for direct democracy on gay marriage could lead to the same for euthanasia, the death penalty, abortion, legalising drugs or other conscience considerations. Conser­vatives are supposed to respect the institutions of representative demo­cracy, not toss such traditions to the kerb for a random plebiscite that just may help the people conclude they don’t need elected representatives at all. Talk about an unintended consequence the political class may not have thought through.

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Barnaby Joyce Calls Labor 'Scared' On Marriage Equality Plebiscite

Barnaby Joyce Calls Labor 'Scared' On Marriage Equality Plebiscite | Gay News | Scoop.it

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has hit out at Labor for refusing to back a national plebiscite to decide same-sex marriage.

The coalition wants a national vote to determine whether gay marriage should be legalised in Australia, while Labor and the Greens back a free vote in parliament, which they say will be faster and less costly.

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For Older HIV-Positive People, Social Support Can Save Lives

For Older HIV-Positive People, Social Support Can Save Lives | Gay News | Scoop.it

Older people living with HIV can often feel isolated, leading to a host of mental health problems. That's compounded by the fact that stigma surrounding the virus still abounds, even as social acceptance of LGBTQ people has increased.

 

That's where the Buddy Program comes in. In 2015, Gay Men's Health Crisis(GMHC), one of New York's oldest and largest LGBTQ nonprofits, relaunched the Buddy Program, which had been dormant since 2005. The program matches volunteers with HIV-positive people looking for companionship, emotional support, or just someone to talk to about HIV and other things in their life.

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Zip it, gay vote rebels told

Zip it, gay vote rebels told | Gay News | Scoop.it

Furious National Party senator Barry O’Sullivan has launched a blistering rebuke against colleagues demanding a free vote on gay marriage, telling them to “shut the flip up” and quit politics or risk losing the public’s trust.

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Gay Muslim weddings are 'much more common than people think'

Gay Muslim weddings are 'much more common than people think' | Gay News | Scoop.it

Britain’s gay Muslim community is “thriving” with “countless” same-sex marriages having taken place in recent years, the country’s first Muslim drag performer has said.

Asifa Lahore said she had been to “dozens” of LGBT Muslim weddings since gay marriage was legalised in 2014.

Her comments came after a Muslim man claimed to have had the first same-sex Muslim marriage in Britain.

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Peter Dutton calls for voluntary postal vote on marriage equality

Peter Dutton calls for voluntary postal vote on marriage equality | Gay News | Scoop.it

The immigration minister, Peter Dutton, has called for a voluntary postal plebiscite on same-sex marriage, while pushing back against his moderate Liberal colleagues’ attempts to bring on a conscience vote.

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The Sydney Swans’ kick for inclusion

The Sydney Swans’ kick for inclusion | Gay News | Scoop.it

LAST year the Sydney Swans played against the St Kilda Saints in the first ever AFL Pride Game held during the premiership season.

It was a triumphant success with members of the LGBTI community and their allies around Australia praising the AFL for helping to promote diversity and inclusion in arguably the most popular sport followed in the country.

And now, the Swans are ready for round two with the 2017 Pride Game slated to be held this month in Sydney.

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Most Christians in Australia support marriage equality and want a free vote

Most Christians in Australia support marriage equality and want a free vote | Gay News | Scoop.it

Galaxy poll finds 54% support for allowing same-sex couples to marry, and 77% believe parliamentarians should be free to vote as soon as possible

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Lyle Shelton backs postal plebiscite on marriage equality

Lyle Shelton backs postal plebiscite on marriage equality | Gay News | Scoop.it

LYLE Shelton of the Australian Christian Lobby has said he supports a postal plebiscite for marriage equality.

“Under the right conditions, a voluntary plebiscite has merit and is consistent with the government’s election promise to allow all Australians a say on whether or not marriage is redefined,” said Shelton.

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Guardian Essential poll finds most voters sick of Australia's polarised politics

Guardian Essential poll finds most voters sick of Australia's polarised politics | Gay News | Scoop.it

With marriage equality once again creating tension within government ranks, this week’s poll finds 61% support for the legalisation of same-sex marriage, and 26% opposition.

 

Women are more likely than men to support marriage equality and young people are considerably more supportive of the concept than voters over 65.

 

According to the survey, 81% of 18 to 24-year-olds support same-sex marriage, compared with 46% of over 65-year-olds.

 

While the Liberal senator Dean Smith has signalled he will press ahead once parliament resumes with a private member’s bill legalising same-sex marriage – a development that will trigger a discussion within the Liberal party about whether to move away from a plebiscite policy to a conscience vote position – the survey indicates voters are divided about how they would like the issue resolved.

 

Of the respondents, 50% said they wanted a national vote that would be binding on parliament, 23% favoured a vote in parliament without a preceding national vote and only 9% want a national vote followed by a conscience vote in parliament.

 

The voters most likely to favour a parliamentary vote, minus a plebiscite, were Greens voters (39%), voters aged over 65 (32%), university educated voters (29%) and people who support same-sex marriage (29%).

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I’m 50 Pounds Overweight & Still Get Laid

I’m 50 Pounds Overweight & Still Get Laid | Gay News | Scoop.it

I own every layer & fill it with love. I didn’t lose my virginity until I was 23 years old. No one, not even my best friends, saw me without a shirt un

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Incurable gonorrhea is lurking—and we may not see it coming, WHO warns

Incurable gonorrhea is lurking—and we may not see it coming, WHO warns | Gay News | Scoop.it

At least three people in three different countries have turned up with cases of completely incurable gonorrhea—and it’s unclear what happened to all of them and if they’re spreading the infection to others, officials at the World Health Organization report.

These cases highlight two big concerns about gonorrhea: one is that resistance to last-line drugs is alarmingly popping up around the world and appears to be increasing; and the second is that we have lousy surveillance and data on this.

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Boomer bell rings for gay marriage

Boomer bell rings for gay marriage | Gay News | Scoop.it

THE majority of baby boomers living in the electorates of senior Turnbull government ministers support marriage equality, a new poll shows.

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There’s Reason To Be Both Hopeful And Cautious About The Latest Move Towards Marriage Equality

There’s Reason To Be Both Hopeful And Cautious About The Latest Move Towards Marriage Equality | Gay News | Scoop.it

We don't want same-sex marriage if it means old forms of discrimination are replaced with new ones.

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Being young, black and gay during the same-sex marriage debate

Being young, black and gay during the same-sex marriage debate | Gay News | Scoop.it

Dameyon Bonson formed 'Black Rainbow' in 2013, the first nation-wide support suicide prevention and mental health support service for Indigenous LGBTI people.

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