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Australia: Senior Minister Calls For Postal Vote On Same-sex Marriage

Australia: Senior Minister Calls For Postal Vote On Same-sex Marriage

(Reuters) One of Australia’s most senior ministers yesterday, Sunday 23rd, reignited debate on whether same-sex marriage should be legalised, proposing a national postal vote on the issue. Conservative Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull’s policy is for a national vote, or plebiscite, but that proposal was defeated in the Senate in late 2016.

Australia: Gay Sen. Dean Smith Drafts Pro-Marriage Equality Bill

Australia: Gay Sen. Dean Smith Drafts Pro-Marriage Equality Bill

In Australia, gay W.A. Liberal Senator, Dean Smith, has been drafting a private members’ bill, already rejected by the Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, to allow any two people to marry, in defiance of his own government’s decision to hold a plebiscite on the matter. Australian Marriage Equality highlight some of what Smith had to say: […]

Australia:  Sooner than people think

Australia: Sooner than people think

Last week began in Australia with Christopher Pyne’s comments that progress on marriage equality could come sooner than people think. As soon as it hit the media, LGBTI people and their lives were again used for political point scoring.  But last week also gave great examples of equality leadership. US citizens joyfully reflected on two […]

Australia:  Time to make them vote!

Australia: Time to make them vote!

Alex Greenwich of The Equality Campaign in Australia has stated that they feel it is time to make Australian politicians vote on marriage equality. He says: “Australian politicians return to Parliament on Tuesday — a perfect opportunity to decide LGBTI couples are equal under the law. But they won’t unless Australians make them by taking action […]

Australia: Tiernan Brady Says A Lot Has Been Achieved Towards Marriage Equality, But More Needed

Australia: Tiernan Brady Says A Lot Has Been Achieved Towards Marriage Equality, But More Needed

Tiernan Brady writes that a lot has been achieved for marriage equality in Australia in the last four weeks, but outlines what has to come next to achieve the goal of equal marriage for the LGBT community there. Here are just a few of the things that have been achieved to date. The Equality Campaign […]

Older Gay Men’s Ageing Fears And Concerns

Older Gay Men’s Ageing Fears And Concerns

Older gay men’s concerns regarding ageing and aged-care settings are driven by their class and sexuality, according to new research from Swinburne University of Technology. Fears regarding sexuality were found to be strongest amongst gay men who were considering entering aged-care settings. Their main concern was their sexuality would cause them to be ostracised.

Australia: Senate Opens Marriage Equality Inquiry To Public Submissions

Australia: Senate Opens Marriage Equality Inquiry To Public Submissions

Last week the Australian Senate established an inquiry into marriage equality legislation — and have now confirmed they have opened the inquiry to public submissions. This inquiry gives Australians the opportunity to make sure politicians hear their community’s views, and a chance to encourage them to work together to get the legislation right, and achieve […]