Politicians from the opposition Labor and Greens parties and an openly gay candidate from the ruling Liberal party will march with Australian Marriage Equality in Melbourne’s Midsumma Pride March on Sunday. >>>
A gay man who was born in Pakistan but who has lived most of his life in North America is being deported to Pakistan by the Australian Government despite his four year relationship with an Australian man. >>>
The Australian campaign for the legalization of same-sex marriage has responded to Attorney-General George Brandis threat to challenge the Australian Capital Territory's (ACT) marriage equality bill, saying they have confidence in the legislation and that the High Court threat will only encourage more couples to get married sooner.
Marriage equality advocates have welcomed a cross-party Senate committee recommendation that there be a conscience vote on marriage equality and calling on the Senate to pass legislation to allow same-sex couples to marry. The committee received over 46,000 pro-marriage equality submissions, making up nearly 60% of all submissions received.
Today's release of census data has shown that over 1338 Australian same-sex couples (nearly 2,700 Australians) have travelled overseas to marry, while 32,377 (nearly 65,000 Australians) are in de facto relationships and prevented from marrying.
Marriage equality advocates have strongly countered claims from Labor's right faction that the issue is headed for an inevitable defeat in parliament, saying that the only thing that is inevitable is increased support. >>>
Marriage equality advocates say a report on the issue tabled in parliament today is a step forward that will encourage MPs to support reform. Australian Marriage Equality national convener, Alex Greenwich, said the report clears up the key concerns of some MPs, for example, by making it clear churches will not have to marry same-sex couples.
Marriage equality advocates say the decision by Queensland's Premier, Campbell Newman, to remove official ceremonies from the Queensland Civil Union Act highlights the importance of achieving marriage equality nationally.
Advocates for marriage equality have accused the Australian Christian Lobby of attempting to curb free speech with a complaint to the Communications and Media Authority against an edition of the Channel 7 Sunrise program that supports marriage equality to be broadcast tomorrow.
One of the most most persistent fears raised by the prospect of same-sex marriage has been laid to rest today. Federal parliament today voted in favour of a motion from Tasmanian independent, Andrew Wilkie, which confirms that religious celebrants will not be forced to perform same-sex marriages should such marriages be allowed. >>>
Australian Marriage Equality has welcomed support for marriage equality from Christine Forster, who is the sister of the leader of Australia's conservative opposition Liberal Party, Tony Abbott. Ms Forster spoke about her support in the context of her same-sex relationship with Virginia Edwards to the Australian newspaper. >>>