Maurice Williamson left other Parliament members in stitches with his speech, which was delivered just before New Zealand became the first Asia-Pacific nation (and the 13th in the world) to legalize same-sex marriage marriage.
During a Supreme Court hearing to determine whether Proposition 8 (marriage shall only be between one man and one woman) was constitutional, a number of anti-gay marriage arguments got spectacularly demolished. >>>
Any future changes to the Marriage Act must ensure it is gender-neutral so the law can reflect the fact that our biological sex doesn’t determine our personality, our relationship roles nor who we are attracted to, writes Ben Cooper. >>>
Opponents of marriage equality often cite the need to protect the sanctity of marriage as reason for denying gay couples their right to equal protection under the law, yet there is no evidence that gay marriage has any link to heterosexual marriage at all, let alone poses any real threat. >>>
Brad Pitt has donated $100,000 to a campaign for marriage equality. The Hollywood star is famously pro same-sex unions, at one time even insisting he wouldn't wed his now fiancée Angelina Jolie until everyone was free to marry their partner of choice. The star has now shown his support once again by donating a large sum to the Human Rights Campaign. >>>
Two Australian territories have agreed to collaborate in forming legislation for gay marriages. The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) government said on Friday that it has started to collaborate with the Tasmanian government on the issue.
MPs have voted for gay marriage in a near-landslide. A conscience vote on Labour MP Louisa Wall’s bill passed by 80 votes to 40 before a packed public gallery at Parliament.
The bill will now be considered by a select committee before facing two further votes before it can pass in to law.
A gay man who with his partner filed a court complaint earlier this year to defend their "equal rights" to legal marriage has said he will not back down in the case and expressed optimism that the ruling would be in their favor. >>>
Marriage equality advocates have accused the Australian Christian Lobby of
devaluing the marriages of childless heterosexual Australians in a new
anti-gay marriage ad which says the Marriage Act "legislates" procreation.
Greens MP Cate Faehrmann's motion in support of marriage equality today passed the NSW Legislative Council. The House has called on the Commonwealth to enact marriage equality. A conscience vote was provided to Coalition and Labor party MPs, and the final vote was 22 to 16.
Two hundred fifty (250) people attended a marriage equality protest vigil in Hobart.Those attending the vigil held placards and banners declaring "EQUALLY EXCELLENT, handed out flyers and chanted "same sex, same rights, marriage equality now." >>>
Comedy Central's mock-news host Stephen Colbert argued on last Thursday's edition of "The Colbert Report" that Christians angry at President Barack Obama's recent endorsement of same-sex marriage are forgetting that the Bible doesn't record Jesus as having ever said anything about such unions.