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If Australia says 'yes', churches are still free to say 'no' to marrying same-sex couples

If Australia says 'yes', churches are still free to say 'no' to marrying same-sex couples | Gay News | Scoop.it

Even if secular law changes to allow same-sex couples to marry, churches are protected by religious freedom to choose who they will - or will not - marry.

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Queensland's first premier in 1859 was most likely gay

Queensland's first premier in 1859 was most likely gay | Gay News | Scoop.it

Queensland’s first premier, Robert Herbert, was most likely gay and his constant companion, John Bramston, became Queensland’s first-ever Attorney-General.

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Marriage equality campaign cries foul over ‘divisive’ ad tactics

Marriage equality campaign cries foul over ‘divisive’ ad tactics | Gay News | Scoop.it

Yes campaign says advertisement alleging online abuse may make it harder for Australians to unify after result declared

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Sydney Symphony Orchestra board's dramatic u-turn on same-sex marriage

Sydney Symphony Orchestra board's dramatic u-turn on same-sex marriage | Gay News | Scoop.it

After days of turmoil and anger that threatened to tear the Sydney Symphony Orchestra apart, the orchestra's board has staged a stunning back-flip on the issue of same-sex marriage, admitting their neutral position was "misjudged".

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The senator and I: Across the divide, shared hopes on same-sex marriage

The senator and I: Across the divide, shared hopes on same-sex marriage | Gay News | Scoop.it
A funny thing happened when I went to work in the Canberra press gallery: I became friends with a politician. As a rule, this isn't something I'd encourage.
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Councillors back yes vote, call on residents to take part

Councillors back yes vote, call on residents to take part | Gay News | Scoop.it

NOOSA Councillors have thrown their support behind the Yes vote at a marriage equality rally last week.

 

As a rainbow shone across the sky, councillors Ingrid Jackson and Jesse Glasgow joined local campaigners and supporters in a public group posting outside Tewantin Post Office on Friday afternoon.

 

Marriage equality advocate Robin Bristow said he was pleased local politicians have shown their support for the issue.

 

"We're glad the local government is showing leadership on the issue," Mr Bristow said.

 

"It's extremely important."

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'I live in Tony Abbott’s electorate. Here's how door knocking for the YES campaign went.'

'I live in Tony Abbott’s electorate. Here's how door knocking for the YES campaign went.' | Gay News | Scoop.it

I have become active in the Yes Campaign both for my son, and for the sake of those who suffer profoundly based on unwarranted, fear-based or faith-based discrimination.

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The Fight Isn't Over: A Message From The 'Yes' Campaign

The Fight Isn't Over: A Message From The 'Yes' Campaign | Gay News | Scoop.it

Supporters of marriage equality could be forgiven for feeling pretty frustrated at the moment. While we are out door-knocking and ringing our rellos to vote Yes, we are seeing distractions and conflict dominate the airways and our newsfeeds.

People in same-sex relationships feel it even more strongly. We’re seeing our relationships judged and voted on, while those saying no are talking about anything other than marriage equality.

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Marriage equality campaigner named Community Hero at Honour Awards

Marriage equality campaigner named Community Hero at Honour Awards | Gay News | Scoop.it

Australian Marriage Equality’s Elaine Czulkowski was presented with the Community Hero award at the recent Honour Awards in Sydney, for over 20 years of LGBTI rights advocacy.

Hundreds of people and organisations from across the state came together for the awards, which help to celebrate the achievements of equality champions and unsung heroes.

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Do same sex de facto relationships have the same rights as if they were married?

Do same sex de facto relationships have the same rights as if they were married? | Gay News | Scoop.it

In the same-sex marriage debate, the No campaign argues that people in same sex relationships already have full legal equality with married couples. That's a view contested by the Yes campaign.

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Same sex marriage, religious freedom and the law

Same sex marriage, religious freedom and the law | Gay News | Scoop.it

As Australians vote in the same sex marriage survey debate has focused on religious freedom, a University of Melbourne expert explains exactly what the law says

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Macklemore To Sing Marriage Equality Anthem At NRL Grand Final This Weekend

Macklemore To Sing Marriage Equality Anthem At NRL Grand Final This Weekend | Gay News | Scoop.it

Macklemore is set to perform at the NRL Grand Final this weekend, and it’s now been confirmed that he’ll perform his Ryan Lewis co-written marriage equality anthem ‘Same Love’ before kick-off.

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Sutherland print shop goes viral with same-sex marriage message

Sutherland print shop goes viral with same-sex marriage message | Gay News | Scoop.it
It all started from one Reddit post.
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Women, young voters and inner-city dwellers drive survey enrolments

Women, young voters and inner-city dwellers drive survey enrolments | Gay News | Scoop.it

Exclusive: August electoral enrolment surge dominated by those aged 18-24, in potential boon for yes campaign

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Research finds majority mums say yes to SSM

Research finds majority mums say yes to SSM | Gay News | Scoop.it

MOTHERS are leading the push for the same sex marriage “yes” campaign with a new poll showing the vast majority of women are in support of the move.

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Ja! German same-sex couples can marry from tomorrow

Ja! German same-sex couples can marry from tomorrow | Gay News | Scoop.it

After a historic vote in June, German same-sex couples will be able to marry from tomorrow (1 October).

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Having your cake: Let's test the many claims of the same-sex marriage campaign

Having your cake: Let's test the many claims of the same-sex marriage campaign | Gay News | Scoop.it
The "no" side has a list of consequences it claims will arise from same-sex marriage: but do they stack up?
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Mark Riley: Atrocities in God’s name mean church will never sway me

Mark Riley: Atrocities in God’s name mean church will never sway me | Gay News | Scoop.it
I remember the first time I heard the term “straw man argument”. My Year 8 English teacher accused me of mounting such a strange thing in a class debate on the question:
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It's Our Three-Year Wedding Anniversary But Our Marriage Is Still Not Legal In Australia

It's Our Three-Year Wedding Anniversary But Our Marriage Is Still Not Legal In Australia | Gay News | Scoop.it

We believe, though, that loving Australians will soon help us change that.

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Respect for all views key to vote

Respect for all views key to vote | Gay News | Scoop.it

Weighing up the views of both sides, The Courier Mail believes that the Yes vote should prevail. This is not to disregard the No supporters and the genuine views they hold.

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What a Wonderful World, The Ballarat Arts Academy and The BallaRat Pack Orchestra

We made this for you, because through art we can imagine the world not as it is, but as it could be. A message of love and equality from the heart of Ballarat, Western Victoria.

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What changing the Marriage Act actually means

What changing the Marriage Act actually means | Gay News | Scoop.it

LOVE, babies and what is included in sex education have zilch to do with changing the Marriage Act to allow same-sex couples to get hitched.

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Cory Bernardi to target a million homes with 'vote no' robo-calls

Cory Bernardi to target a million homes with 'vote no' robo-calls | Gay News | Scoop.it

A million home phones are set to be targeted by robo-calls from Australian Conservatives Senator Cory Bernardi, urging people to vote ‘No’ in the marriage equality postal survey.

The calls, targeting homes in Victoria and South Australia, warn that a ‘Yes’ vote for same-sex marriage will open the door on “radical gay sex education and gender ideology programs being taught in schools”.

A copy of the recording, obtained by 9NEWS, hears the Senator urging parents to join him in voting ‘No’.

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Yes case's SMS campaign was not invasive

Yes case's SMS campaign was not invasive | Gay News | Scoop.it

The Yes message itself could hardly have been more inoffensive. But critics say it’s unacceptable that it came on one’s mobile.

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The Marriage Equality Campaign Has Vowed Not To Go Negative

The Marriage Equality Campaign Has Vowed Not To Go Negative | Gay News | Scoop.it

"We know part of the job of the 'no' campaign is ... to make change look scary," said The Equality Campaign's Tiernan Brady.

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