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AFL spreads word on homophobic vilification

AFL spreads word on homophobic vilification | Gay News | Scoop.it
Players across Australia will be counselled on the impact of homophobia.
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Same-sex marriage ballot captures attention of a public alienated from politicians

Same-sex marriage ballot captures attention of a public alienated from politicians | Gay News | Scoop.it

It's a rare example of direct democracy – albeit non-compulsory and conducted by mail.

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Pizza shop turns sign against marriage equality into one opposing pineapple

Pizza shop turns sign against marriage equality into one opposing pineapple | Gay News | Scoop.it

Wiseguise Pizza in Launceston, Tasmania found a billboard against same-sex marriage attached to their store, so they altered it.

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Are they out to confuse us?

Are they out to confuse us? | Gay News | Scoop.it

Malcolm Turnbull could not have been clearer on August 8 when he announced the decision by Liberal and Nationals MPs to hold a postal vote on same-sex marriage. “If there is a Yes vote recorded in the postal vote then we will facilitate the introduction of a private member’s bill to legalise same-sex marriage. And if there is a No vote, we will not,” the Prime Minister said.

Simple. Yes or No. Turnbull suggested the change would “sail through the parliament” if Australians ticked the box for change.

Only now are the complications starting to sink in. The way this change is put to parliament is the vital question.

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Health groups say same-sex marriage could 'prevent 3000 teen suicide attempts a year'

Health groups say same-sex marriage could 'prevent 3000 teen suicide attempts a year' | Gay News | Scoop.it

Same-sex marriage could help prevent up to 3000 teenage suicide attempts every year, according to five of Australia's most respected mental health groups.

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ABS apologises for 'offensive' words in barcodes of gay marriage votes

ABS apologises for 'offensive' words in barcodes of gay marriage votes | Gay News | Scoop.it

More than 16 million surveys were sent out by the ABS earlier this month to homes in all corners of the country, as people have their say on legalising same-sex marriage.

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Spread The Word: The "Yes" Campaign Needs Help

Spread The Word: The "Yes" Campaign Needs Help | Gay News | Scoop.it

The Yes campaign for marriage equality is desperately trying to raise funds so it can escalate its campaigning through what is expected to be the most important weekend of the postal survey process.

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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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The Man Who Allegedly Headbutted Tony Abbott Confirmed It Was Not About SSM

The Man Who Allegedly Headbutted Tony Abbott Confirmed It Was Not About SSM | Gay News | Scoop.it

The man charged over the incident in which Tony Abbott was allegedly headbutted stated it wasn't about SSM, he's just hated Tone for years. Weird.

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Elton John voices support for same-sex marriage in Australia amid national vote

Elton John voices support for same-sex marriage in Australia amid national vote | Gay News | Scoop.it

Singer says recognition of the love of his husband ‘is what makes life truly worth living’, in a heartfelt plea as nation takes part in postal survey over change in law

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Lyle Shelton gets more media mentions than all three leading yes campaigners

Lyle Shelton gets more media mentions than all three leading yes campaigners | Gay News | Scoop.it

Analysis at odds with Australian Christian Lobby managing director’s claim that the no campaign is being silenced

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Silenced? The "No" Side Is Getting Four Times The Media Coverage Of The "Yes" Side

Silenced? The "No" Side Is Getting Four Times The Media Coverage Of The "Yes" Side | Gay News | Scoop.it
Exclusive: Media analysis provided to BuzzFeed News shows the "no" side in the marriage equality debate is getting a lot more media attention than the "yes" side.
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Same-sex marriage: Turnbull says 'no' vote would rule the issue out for Coalition

Same-sex marriage: Turnbull says 'no' vote would rule the issue out for Coalition | Gay News | Scoop.it

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has declared a "no" vote in the same-sex marriage postal survey would see the Coalition rule it out of parliamentary consideration for both this term and the next, were he to win the 2019 election.

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AFL replaces logo with YES in support of marriage equality

AFL replaces logo with YES in support of marriage equality | Gay News | Scoop.it

The AFL has replaced its logo outside league headquarters with “YES” in support of marriage equality.

The change was being made on Wednesday morning.

League boss Gillon McLachlan has long been on the record in support of marriage equality.

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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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