Category: Marriage Equality

Marriage equality opponents call for broad right to discriminate | Australia news | The Guardian

In September 2016 the then Liberal senator Cory Bernardi said businesses should be allowed to discriminate against patrons “for any or no reason”, including but not limited to the right to refuse gay weddings.

Source: Marriage equality opponents call for broad right to discriminate | Australia news | The Guardian

The church has forgotten an inconvenient truth in its opposition to same-sex marriage

If there is ever a moment in time when a vast spectrum of Australian religious institutions and their lobby groups should shut right up about the protection of children, it is now, in the wake of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Source: The church has forgotten an inconvenient truth in its opposition to same-sex marriage

Man faces court over alleged marriage equality assault on Kevin Rudd’s godson | Australia news | The Guardian

Craig Hoelscher, 48, is accused of punching Sean Foster in Brisbane, leaving the 19-year-old with a forehead wound

Source: Man faces court over alleged marriage equality assault on Kevin Rudd’s godson | Australia news | The Guardian

Perth’s Anglican ​​church offers ‘heartfelt apology’ to LGBT community | World news | The Guardian

Diocese says it is ‘deeply sorry for any harm we have done’ by words and behaviour ‘that have not displayed the love of God’

Source: Perth’s Anglican church offers ‘heartfelt apology’ to LGBT community | World news | The Guardian

Q&A: Senator Matt Canavan grilled by gay audience member over ‘political point scoring’ in SSM debate – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

A young gay man shares vivid memories of being bullied over his sexuality, as he accuses Australia’s political leaders of failing to protect society’s most vulnerable people in the same-sex marriage debate.

Source: Q&A: Senator Matt Canavan grilled by gay audience member over ‘political point scoring’ in SSM debate – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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‘Equality for all’: Macklemore issues emotional plea during NRL grand final | Australia news | The Guardian

Macklemore has previously described Same Love as a song that “deals with equal rights, human rights” for LGBTI people. “This is an issue that I feel strongly about, that I feel passionate about. These people are human beings that should have the exact same rights as everybody else,” he said.

Source: ‘Equality for all’: Macklemore issues emotional plea during NRL grand final | Australia news | The Guardian

It’s not your call, Mark – » The Australian Independent Media Network

But where Bishop Coleridge goes off the rails, is in thinking that same sex couples do not feel the same love for each other as do a man and a woman who wish to marry. He, as a celibate man, could not possibly know that.

Source: It’s not your call, Mark – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Marriage equality support rebounds and yes side leads in voting – Guardian Essential poll | Australia news | The Guardian

Poll finds that, among those who have already voted, 72% voted yes compared with 26% who voted no

Source: Marriage equality support rebounds and yes side leads in voting – Guardian Essential poll | Australia news | The Guardian

Same-sex marriage supporters homes targeted by vandals – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

A young Brisbane woman who was flying rainbow flags outside her house in support of same-sex marriage has had her windows smashed in with rocks in a late-night attack police said may be linked to three other incidents nearby.

Source: Same-sex marriage supporters homes targeted by vandals – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

SSM: How cognitive ability shapes attitudes on equal rights for same-sex couples – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Specifically, there is a strong and statistically significant association between higher cognitive ability and a greater likelihood to support equal rights between same- and different-sex couples.This may shed some light on why those who stand against equal rights may not be persuaded by evidence-based arguments in the ongoing same-sex marriage debate.

Source: SSM: How cognitive ability shapes attitudes on equal rights for same-sex couples – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

This is not a horse race | The Monthly

But in this case we’re talking about political journalists telling LGBTQI people how to argue that they should be given equal rights. If we’re going to put ourselves in the position of lecturing a minority on how to do something they’ve spent decades doing already – and really quite effectively – then wouldn’t we want a better success rate to point to?

Source: This is not a horse race | The Monthly

“It’s Bullshit”: Woman Behind Tasmanian Archbishop Case Slams Religious Freedom Claims

During the conciliation, Delaney presented Porteous with a revised copy of the booklet, which removed the line “messing with marriage is messing with kids” and made minor changes throughout the document to make it clear the Church was talking about beliefs and teachings, not facts.It did not remove any teachings on marriage, nor did it ask that the church support same-sex marriage. But the offer was rejected — much to Delaney’s chagrin.”I made every attempt I could to assist the Catholic Church to be able to say what they believed, but do it in a respectful manner, and not say things like my partner and I raising a child is messing with kids,” Delaney told BuzzFeed News.

Source: “It’s Bullshit”: Woman Behind Tasmanian Archbishop Case Slams Religious Freedom Claims

Q&A: Audience member tells Liberal MP ‘your no vote on SSM says my relationship isn’t worthy’ – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

In a Q&A episode that began as a discussion of Australia’s energy woes, the biggest audience response was reserved for a man who made a passionate speech about same-sex marriage.

Source: Q&A: Audience member tells Liberal MP ‘your no vote on SSM says my relationship isn’t worthy’ – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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SSM: Same-sex marriage surveys found ‘dumped in Brunswick’, security concerns raised – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Fresh security concerns are raised over the same-sex marriage postal vote, after a Melbourne woman said she found a pile of surveys in a garden bed in the city’s inner north.

Source: SSM: Same-sex marriage surveys found ‘dumped in Brunswick’, security concerns raised – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Mental health expert attacks Canavan’s ‘grow a spine’ comment on marriage equality | Australia news | The Guardian

Patrick McGorry says Matt Canavan’s call for yes campaigners to ‘stop being delicate little flowers’ was ‘very regrettable’

Source: Mental health expert attacks Canavan’s ‘grow a spine’ comment on marriage equality | Australia news | The Guardian

Marriage equality support falls but yes vote still leads – Guardian Essential poll | Australia news | The Guardian

Doctors and medical students show their support for marriage equality

With the postal survey campaign now in full swing, and with analysis suggesting opponents of marriage equality have outspent the yes campaign by about five-to-one in television ads, the latest poll shows 55% (down 4% from a fortnight ago) support changing the law to allow same-sex couples to marry and 34% (up 3%) are opposed.

Source: Marriage equality support falls but yes vote still leads – Guardian Essential poll | Australia news | The Guardian

Same-sex marriage: Federal police asked to investigate sale of survey forms – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

The Australian Federal Police are being asked to investigate cases of people trying to sell their same sex-marriage survey forms.

Source: Same-sex marriage: Federal police asked to investigate sale of survey forms – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Man charged with punching Kevin Rudd’s godson in same-sex marriage row – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

The postal vote has been criticised for exposing children to hatred, with Labor senator Penny Wong labelling it as a damaging and expensive stunt to avoid having Parliament make a decision.

Source: Man charged with punching Kevin Rudd’s godson in same-sex marriage row – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

There is no harm caused by same-sex parenting. Studies suggesting otherwise are skewed | Jacky Hewitt | Opinion | The Guardian

As a paediatrician and from the research studied I know that kids from same-sex parented families are among the most wanted, loved and cared for children

Source: There is no harm caused by same-sex parenting. Studies suggesting otherwise are skewed | Jacky Hewitt | Opinion | The Guardian

Foster parents: Two dads redefining the meaning of family – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

When John Guthrie and Dennis Cash announced their plan to foster teenagers almost 20 years ago their friends thought they had rocks in their head.

Source: Foster parents: Two dads redefining the meaning of family – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Yes for equality, yes for love| Yes unites us, No divides . Yes is for the Nation, No is simply a tactical Political move for short term gain.

Even though you don’t have to vote, you need to make the effort to be counted.

“Some behind the no campaign have conflated a yes vote with all manner of societal decay. It will impact negatively on the nation, the family, children, religion, freedom of speech and businesses.”

Source: Yes for equality, yes for love

Why I agree with No vote campaigner: let’s ban dresses at schools

I asked Peter McNeil, a fashion historian and author, to explain why the whole dress thing unleashes all these feelings. He says it’s only been for the past 600 or so years that men have worn pants.”The irony is that when men began wearing pants, all the moralists complained about them. Bernardino de Siena said parents were pimping out their sons by putting them in trousers.”And trousers provide free movement for all.Which brings me back to Cella White. I’m on board with her at least for pants. Vote yes for pants for girls and boys.And yes for same sex marriage. Thanks for putting me straight, Cella.

Source: Why I agree with No vote campaigner: let’s ban dresses at schools

Seven common myths in the marriage equality debate

I have long been involved in one of the key civil rights causes of our day: the struggle for marriage equality. As a lawyer in Canada in the past, I was involved in same-sex marriage litigation in that country. That was early in the last decade, around 2002. Ever since, I have written about the issue and engaged in debate about it. I now feel I’ve heard it all – all the arguments against marriage equality. And I feel very confident at this point saying that none of the arguments against marriage equality holds up in the light of logic.

Source: Seven common myths in the marriage equality debate

The Flawed Institution: Australian Marriage and the Same-Sex Debate – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The novelty of this debate is seeing how advocates from the Left perspective have marched in favour of same-sex marriage when marriage itself has lost its appeal to many progressives. The only argument left, then, is the equality of choice: same-sex couples should be perfectly entitled to enter into a flawed, anachronistic institution should they wish to. We should all be entitled to make our own mistakes.

Source: The Flawed Institution: Australian Marriage and the Same-Sex Debate – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Gay Marriage or Marriage Equality, the words you choose matter – » The Australian Independent Media Network

By Alison @TurnLeft2017 Imagine you walk into a pub, and a sign behind the bar says Whites Only. You point out to the barstaff “hang on, that’s racist”. The barstaff looks, takes the sign down, and makes an adjustment Whites and Blacks only, and you are told “see, now it isn’t racist”. Of course it…

Source: Gay Marriage or Marriage Equality, the words you choose matter – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Same-sex marriage: Why have Muslims been so quiet in the debate? –

One Muslim leader says the community is torn between offending left-wing allies and siding with right-wing critics, but some leaders are starting to speak up.

Why isn’t Bolt including Muslims and migrants in his crusade for “no” and Why are Australian born Aussies Bolt’s favored Australians the most likely “yes ” voters. How out of sync with Australia is Andrew Bolt?

(old dog thought)

Source: Same-sex marriage: Why have Muslims been so quiet in the debate? – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Backlash after The Project skewers controversial anti-marriage equality ad

The video features women calling “bullshit” on a number of claims made by mothers in the original ad, including the idea that school classes on gay relationships have become “compulsory” in countries where same-sex marriage laws have passed.Related Articles Principal denies mum’s TV claim that son could wear dress

Source: Backlash after The Project skewers controversial anti-marriage equality ad

Same-sex marriage: Education Minister hits out at ad linking Yes vote to sex education reforms – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

The No campaign is accused of making misleading claims about same-sex marriage following the release of an ad featuring claims boys will be encouraged to wear dresses to schools if the Yes vote gets up.

Source: Same-sex marriage: Education Minister hits out at ad linking Yes vote to sex education reforms – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

GAY MARRIAGE HELL! A warning to all Australians

Photo published for Why the churches will not influence the same-sex marriage vote

I see no evidence of it yet. That woman on the train doesn’t know I’m Gay Married — she doesn’t care. No upheaval has occurred in the U.K. since legalising gay marriage, so why would it in ours? If you want to talk religious argument, this is what I say to you: If you trust your Gods judgement, why don’t you let Him take care of the smiting? You sit back, chillax, love a little, let your hair down.

Source: GAY MARRIAGE HELL! A warning to all Australians

Marriage Equality Campaign Battlegrounds – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Just like the mistake climate change activists have been making for years (including me) in trying to argue with deniers, by arguing with the garbage from the no campaign, you give their position legitimacy and imbed the idea that there are uncertain outcomes from marriage equality. Instead, keep it simple. Keep it small. Rinse and repeat. Celebrate when the yes vote wins. And then the battle begins to get the yes vote through parliament.

Source: Marriage Equality Campaign Battlegrounds – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Why I’m voting yes: There are no rational arguments to oppose marriage equality

There are no reasonable or rational arguments to oppose marriage equality. The usual lines about the sanctity of the “nuclear family” and concerns over children will no doubt get a run but that is not what the survey is about.

Source: Why I’m voting yes: There are no rational arguments to oppose marriage equality

There is method to Peter Dutton’s madness on marriage equality | KFC Ad Placement

Nothing about this debate should surprise anyone any more. Even this latest “Dutton Dressed As Glam” development.

Dutton’s Love defined

Married At First Sight.

Which tells you that while Australia as a federation is at this stage not yet ready to allow two women or two men who love each other deeply to get married, we are absolutely relaxed about a man and a woman who have never even met getting hitched for the purposes of KFC brand placement.

Source: There is method to Peter Dutton’s madness on marriage equality

Give it up to the Lord – » The Australian Independent Media Network

When a panelist on the Drum last night said that John Howard didn’t call for a plebiscite to change the marriage act to specify it as a union between a man and a woman, former Howard government minister Jackie Kelly stridently interrupted, shouting that it was Jesus who said marriage must be between a man…

Source: Give it up to the Lord – » The Australian Independent Media Network

End These Childish Antics Now! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Much has been said about the divisive nature of a plebiscite to decide the question of same-sex marriage. Much has been said about the simplicity of a parliamentary vote. Politics is a cruel animal when it comes to delivering on divisive issues. It reduces otherwise intelligent people to the level of school children misbehaving in…

Source: End These Childish Antics Now! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Hannah Gadsby: marriage equality plebiscite ‘will ruin and end some young lives’ | Australia news | The Guardian

Comedian says: ‘I don’t want young kids to hear the kind of horrific bile I was forced to listen to’

Source: Hannah Gadsby: marriage equality plebiscite ‘will ruin and end some young lives’ | Australia news | The Guardian