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When a gay man has coffee with the head of the Christian lobby

When a gay man has coffee with the head of the Christian lobby | Gay News | Scoop.it
'HI ROB, if you're available, I'd love to catch up for a coffee next time I'm in Sydney'.
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Spontaneous, life-filled Canberra emerged from the glitter and rainbows of Lonsdale Street on one Wednesday night in November

Spontaneous, life-filled Canberra emerged from the glitter and rainbows of Lonsdale Street on one Wednesday night in November | Gay News | Scoop.it

Canberrans proved that we as a city can be spontaneous and life-filled and do not need to be so organised.

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Inside the Yes campaign

Inside the Yes campaign | Gay News | Scoop.it

From the Howard years to headbutts in Hobart and everything in between, the Yes campaign's transformation into a powerful political force is as compelling as it is colourful.

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'Everyone loves Magda': Szubanski's crucial role in marriage equality triumph

'Everyone loves Magda': Szubanski's crucial role in marriage equality triumph | Gay News | Scoop.it

The beloved Australian entertainer proved "devastatingly effective" in the fight for equal rights.

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When politics is personal: Penny Wong's tears of relief

When politics is personal: Penny Wong's tears of relief | Gay News | Scoop.it

When the result was finally announced, Penny Wong put her head in her hands and sobbed.

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Australians Reacting To The Same-Sex Marriage 'Yes' Vote Might Make You Cry

Australians Reacting To The Same-Sex Marriage 'Yes' Vote Might Make You Cry | Gay News | Scoop.it

Love wins.

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Australia Votes for Gay Marriage, Clearing Path to Legalization

Australia Votes for Gay Marriage, Clearing Path to Legalization | Gay News | Scoop.it

“They voted ‘yes’ for fairness, they voted ‘yes’ for commitment, they voted ‘yes’ for love,” said Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. Now it’s up to Parliament.

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Why there should be no room in the law for celebrants to discriminate on same-sex marriage

The proposed exemption for civil marriage celebrants undermines the aims and nature of Australia’s flourishing civil celebrant program.

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How to to look after your mental health on same-sex marriage survey day

How to to look after your mental health on same-sex marriage survey day | Gay News | Scoop.it

What a rollercoaster. The same-sex marriage debate has been heated and at times distressing. Here's how you can take care of yourself as the results are finally released on Wednesday.

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How your MP will vote if Australia says Yes to same-sex marriage

How your MP will vote if Australia says Yes to same-sex marriage | Gay News | Scoop.it

If Australia tells the Parliament it wants same-sex marriage to be legalised, it will be back to the politicians to sort things out, with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull pushing for a vote before Christmas.

The ABC has asked all MPs how they will vote if that happens.

The numbers are in: on the ABC's reckoning, both houses of Parliament would pass a bill to change the marriage law.

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The 'Yes' Vote Can't Be The Moment To 'Unravel' Protections For LGBTQ People

The 'Yes' Vote Can't Be The Moment To 'Unravel' Protections For LGBTQ People | Gay News | Scoop.it

The head of Australia's marriage equality push has slammed calls for anti-discrimination exemptions to be legalised under the guise of 'religious freedoms' in the event of a yes vote in the postal survey, claiming such moves would be against the spirit of the support for the reform.

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Yes advocates label proposed same-sex marriage law, backed by No campaign, a ‘licence to discriminate’

Yes advocates label proposed same-sex marriage law, backed by No campaign, a ‘licence to discriminate’ | Gay News | Scoop.it

YES advocates have warned that a proposed new same-sex marriage law is so full of religious and moral exemptions, it could permit shops to put up signs saying “no gays” and businesses to deny service to straight couples who have sex before marriage.

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James Paterson’s SSM bill isn’t about protecting religious freedoms

James Paterson’s SSM bill isn’t about protecting religious freedoms | Gay News | Scoop.it

Liberal senator James Paterson’s private members bill to “protect religious freedoms” would enshrine exceptionalism discriminating against gays. Gays would be allowed to marry, but anyone and everyone who wanted to deny them service would be legally allowed to do so. We don’t tolerate such discrimination based on race or ethnicity.

It represents a classic example of a one-time strident opponent of a Bill of Rights in this country suddenly favouring a partial bill of rights to protect pockets of the community who would rather not serve gay couples a cake at a wedding. Or don’t want to drive a gay couple to a wedding.

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Senator wastes no time on marriage bill

Senator wastes no time on marriage bill | Gay News | Scoop.it

WA Liberal Senator Dean Smith will make history this week, confirming he will introduce his same-sex marriage Bill on Thursday — a day after the result of the postal survey is announced.

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The five key lessons to emerge from the same-sex marriage result

The five key lessons to emerge from the same-sex marriage result | Gay News | Scoop.it

Australia has rejoined the rights revolution. That's the first of five key lessons to emerge from the outcome of the same-sex marriage vote.

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'I haven't cried like this in years': Migrants thrilled with the Yes vote

'I haven't cried like this in years': Migrants thrilled with the Yes vote | Gay News | Scoop.it

59-year-old Alan Maurice said, “I haven’t cried in years but I did today. This 'Yes' vote means so much to me and many others.”

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'Everyone loves Magda': Szubanski's crucial role in marriage equality triumph

'Everyone loves Magda': Szubanski's crucial role in marriage equality triumph | Gay News | Scoop.it

The beloved Australian entertainer proved "devastatingly effective" in the fight for equal rights.

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Peter Dutton, Scott Morrison flag push for 'religious protections' laws once same-sex marriage is legalised

Peter Dutton, Scott Morrison flag push for 'religious protections' laws once same-sex marriage is legalised | Gay News | Scoop.it

Leading conservative cabinet minister Peter Dutton has intervened in the debate about same-sex marriage laws, slapping down calls for sweeping changes to senator Dean Smith's proposed legislation but suggesting a new "religious protections" bill may be introduced in 2018.

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Australians Reacting To The Same-Sex Marriage 'Yes' Vote Might Make You Cry

Australians Reacting To The Same-Sex Marriage 'Yes' Vote Might Make You Cry | Gay News | Scoop.it

Love wins.

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Almost 17,000 Australians Sent Back Blank Same-Sex Marriage Survey Forms

Almost 17,000 Australians Sent Back Blank Same-Sex Marriage Survey Forms | Gay News | Scoop.it

Observers saw 4.8% of all responses – and largely agreed with the ABS.

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Turnbull flatly rejects same-sex marriage bill that legalises discrimination

Turnbull flatly rejects same-sex marriage bill that legalises discrimination | Gay News | Scoop.it

PM rebukes conservative MPs who are demanding rollback of laws, saying it would have ‘virtually no prospect’ of passing parliament

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Couple says same-sex marriage vote is a 'scar they will always remember'

Couple says same-sex marriage vote is a 'scar they will always remember' | Gay News | Scoop.it

The result of the same-sex marriage postal survey will be announced on Wednesday, but for many couples and LGBTIQ community members the process has left an emotional wound they will never forget regardless of the outcome.

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Aussies Supported Sporting Codes Backing Marriage Equality, Survey Says

Aussies Supported Sporting Codes Backing Marriage Equality, Survey Says | Gay News | Scoop.it

'Superfans' of rugby, soccer and cricket overwhelmingly backed the decisions of their codes to publicly support marriage equality, a survey from YouGov and Monash University has found.

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The great betrayal: Coalition hardliners throw democracy overboard to resist same-sex marriage

The great betrayal: Coalition hardliners throw democracy overboard to resist same-sex marriage | Gay News | Scoop.it
Having bombed in the public survey they so loudly demanded, Coalition reactionaries have hit upon a play that shows contempt for their leader and looms as the most brazen betrayal of voter sentiment in a century.

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If It's A YES On Wednesday, The PM Must Bring His Whole Party To The Wedding

If It's A YES On Wednesday, The PM Must Bring His Whole Party To The Wedding | Gay News | Scoop.it

The ridiculous, expensive, and hurtful postal survey was dreamt up by the opponents of marriage equality to delay or defeat change.

So as 'no' supporters face the very real prospect of a 'yes' vote, it's no surprise those opponents of marriage equality have adopted a new set of blocking tactics. They have shifted focus to doing everything possible to slow down or stop the passage of marriage equality legislation in the Parliament.

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New conservative Bill a Trojan horse to allow unprecedented discrimination

New conservative Bill a Trojan horse to allow unprecedented discrimination | Gay News | Scoop.it

Today Liberal Senator James Paterson released a conservative marriage equality Bill which seeks to introduce new and unprecedented forms of discrimination.

 

Anna Brown, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, said the Paterson Bill was a bizarre attempt to entrench unprecedented forms of discrimination against LGBTI Australians.

 

“If there is a Yes result on Wednesday, Australians will have voted for true equality for all Australians – not an unfettered right to discriminate for people who voted No,” said Ms Brown.

 

“Australians are voting to make our country a fairer and more equal place, not to take us back to a time where people can be denied service at a shop. We call on Australian politicians to reject the Paterson Bill and pass marriage equality without allowing new forms of discrimination,” said Ms Brown.

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