Parliament Legalises Same Sex Marriage

Federal parliament legalised same sex marriage, with all but four MPs voting to pass the bill. The laws went through unchanged after 56 hours of debate despite a push from conservative politicians for additional exemptions including for religious organisations, civil celebrants and chaplains. Couples will be able to lodge an notice of intended marriage from…

Austrian Supreme Court Rules to Legally Allow Same-Sex Marriage

Same-sex couples in Austria will be allowed to marry legally from 2019 after a ruling by the country’s highest court. The country’s supreme court made the ruling, stating that the current law violated a principle of non-discrimination. It also allows heterosexual couples to enter a civil partnership. “The Constitutional Court nullified with a decision on…

Same-Sex Marriage Bill Passes Senate

The same-sex marriage bill has passed the senate on Wednesday without any amendments. It secured 43 votes in favour of legalising the bill to 12 votes against and will now be debated by the Lower House when MPs return to Canberra next week. Author of the bill Liberal senator Dean Smith said the bill got…

“Electoral Backlash” For “No” Vote Politicians A Possibility in SSM Debate

A Western Australian politics lecturer believes politicians voting against changes to the legislation to include same sex marriage could face repercussions, following the overwhelming ‘yes’ vote in the plebiscite. Murdoch University lecturer Ian Cook said there were going to be “plenty of representatives going against their electorate’s wishes”, and it was a question of whether…

Australia to Legalise Same Sex Marriage After Majority Yes Vote

Australians have voted yes to changing the law to allow same-sex marriage, paving the way for legislation to be introduced “as soon as possible”. Head of the Australian Bureau of Statistics David Kalisch revealed that 61.6 per cent of people who participated in the postal vote chose Yes to changing the law to allow same-sex…

AFL Gives Marriage Equality a Public “Yes” Vote

The AFL has claimed it could not take a neutral position for Australia’s marriage equality survey, making a public show of support for the “yes” vote. The league put a large “yes” in place of “AFL” in its logo outside its Docklands offices on Wednesday, in a stance that the AFL administration felt was in…

Anti Same-Sex Marriage Ad Slams Marriage Act Change

A television advertisement has aired endorsing “no” in the same-sex marriage postal vote has emphasised concerns about what is taught in schools if the law is passed. The advertisement featuring three mothers, express concerns about potential changes to the Marriage Act and promotion of same sex views in schools. One of the women in the…

Marriage Equality: Postal Vote “An Absolute Waste of Money”

On Wednesday, the Federal Government announced a non-binding and non-compulsory postal vote on marriage equality would take the place of the plebiscite, which was rejected by the Senate. The Australian Bureau of Statistics is set to conduct the survey, despite the disaster of last year’s census, so the Government can avoid electoral law. The ballot…

Man Who Hit Qantas CEO with a Pie Charged With Assault

A man who smashed a pie into Qantas CEO Alan Joyce’s face in protest against gay marriage has been charged by police for assault. 67-year-old Tony Overheu has been charged with common assault, trespass and damage after he walked on stage at a Perth business breakfast event on Tuesday and shoved a lemon meringue pie…

LGBTQ Stands Proud In Canada

The annual 24th Pride Calgary Festival was held yesterday with a rainbow parade and performances that give sexual minorities support. Thousands of people gathered at where the parade was held at Stephen Avenue, to show their support and care to non-heterosexual people. Just under 100 organizations, private companies and public services including TD Bank, Shaw,…