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Australia: Same-sex marriage plebiscite has begun as Poll shows 70% support

Australia: Same-sex marriage plebiscite has begun as Poll shows 70% support

Yesterday, Tuesday 12th, Australia launched its postal vote on whether to legalise same-sex marriage, as a widely watched poll indicated the country would be overwhelmingly in support. The non-compulsory ballot, which runs until the end of October, will determine whether Australia becomes the 25th country to legalise same-sex marriage, while also healing a rift in […]

Australia: Turnbull urges respect in hostile same-sex marriage campaigns

Australia: Turnbull urges respect in hostile same-sex marriage campaigns

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull urged supporters and opponents of same-sex marriage to show mutual respect as their campaigns turned increasingly vitriolic ahead of a vote on the issue next month. Australians will vote in a non-compulsory postal ballot held over several weeks on whether to legalise same-sex marriage as Turnbull seeks to resolve an […]

Australia: Top Olympian and Qantas boss urge support for same-sex marriage

Australia: Top Olympian and Qantas boss urge support for same-sex marriage

The head of Qantas Airways, Alan Joyce, and Australia’s most successful Olympian, Ian Thorpe, were among a growing number of campaigners calling on Monday for support for same-sex marriage in Australia ahead of a looming postal vote which has divided the country. Australians will be asked their views on same-sex marriage in a non-compulsory non-binding […]

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: Senate Will Vote On Thursday On Green’s Marriage Equality Bill

Australia: Senate Will Vote On Thursday On Green’s Marriage Equality Bill

In a move that could damage the Australian campaign for equal marriage if it is defeated, the Green Party have agreed that their Bill on marriage equality be brought forward, to be debated on Thursday next (17 March) mainly due to pressure from David Leyonhjelm, a Liberal Democrat, who wants to legalise equal marriage. The […]

Australia: LGBT Advocates Call For Free Vote As Libs Argue Over Plebiscite

Australia: LGBT Advocates Call For Free Vote As Libs Argue Over Plebiscite

Marriage equality advocates in Australia say the unwillingness of conservative Liberal politicians to abide by the outcome of a marriage equality plebiscite shows the issue should be resolved quickly in parliament without an expensive public vote. Senator Cory Bernardi has joined Senator Eric Abetz in saying he will not vote for marriage equality should the […]