marriage equality

Same-sex marriage, also known as gay marriage, is marriage between people of the same sex, either as a secular civil ceremony or in a religious setting. In the late 20th century, rites of marriage for same-sex couples without legal recognition became increasingly common. The first law providing for marriage of people of the same sex in modern times was enacted in 2001 in the Netherlands. As of 4 August 2017, same-sex marriage is legally recognized (nationwide or in some parts) in the following countries: Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, Finland, France, Iceland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, the United States and Uruguay. The laws in Germany and Malta are not yet in force. Same-sex marriage is likely to soon become legal in Taiwan, after a constitutional court ruling in May 2017. Polls show rising support for legally recognizing same-sex marriage in the Americas, Australia and most of Europe. However, as of 2017, South Africa is the only African country where same-sex marriage is recognized. Taiwan would become the first country in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage if the Civil Code is amended. Israel and Armenia recognise same-sex marriages performed overseas for some purposes. Introduction of same-sex marriage laws has varied by jurisdiction, being variously accomplished through legislative change to marriage laws, a court ruling based on constitutional guarantees of equality, or by direct popular vote (via ballot initiative or referendum). The recognition of same-sex marriage is a political and social issue, and also a religious issue in many countries, and debates continue to arise over whether people in same-sex relationships should be allowed marriage or some similar status (a civil union). Same-sex marriage can provide those in same-sex relationships who pay their taxes with government services and make financial demands on them comparable to those afforded to and required of those in opposite-sex marriages. Same-sex marriage also gives them legal protections such as inheritance and hospital visitation rights. Various faith communities around the world support allowing those of the same sex to marry, while many major religions oppose same-sex marriage. Opponents of same-sex marriages have argued that recognition of same-sex marriages would erode religious freedoms, undermine a right of children to be raised by their biological mother and father or erode the institution of marriage itself. Some analysts state that financial, psychological and physical well-being are enhanced by marriage, and that children of same-sex parents or carers benefit from being raised by two parents within a legally recognized union supported by society's institutions. Court documents filed by American scientific associations also state that singling out gay men and women as ineligible for marriage both stigmatizes and invites public discrimination against them. The American Anthropological Association asserts that social science research does not support the view that either civilization or viable social orders depend upon marriage as an exclusively heterosexual institution. Wikipedia
The Australian Greens Fri, 08/18/2017 - 12:12

Vote "Yes!" For Marriage Equality: An Appeal From A Closeted Gay Teen
It's not just those of us wanting to tie the knot who will benefit when Australians choose love.There's less than a week to go to update your details, to ensure you can Choose Love and Vote Yes:
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The Age - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 07:09

Theft, fraud and glitter: Pitfalls of the same-sex marriage postal survey revealed
'You can't guarantee against theft in a postal process.'
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Tanya Plibersek Thu, 08/17/2017 - 23:37

'I feel bad for the country': Plibersek
It's exactly a year since Malcolm Turnbull's election night tantrum, and a year on nothing has really changed. The tantrums continue and we still have a Liberal Party that is divided and dysfunctional.
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Gay Times Magazine Thu, 08/17/2017 - 15:44 Thu, 08/17/2017 - 10:57

Aussie senator: Same-sex marriage 'like allowing people to marry the Eiffel Tower'
An Aussie senator is under fire for drawing a parallel between gay marriage and "marrying the Eiffel Tower".
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The Canberra Times Thu, 08/17/2017 - 09:00

Canberra goes rainbow as ACT government backs 'yes' campaign
Have you seen the rainbow flags flying around town?
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The Sydney Morning Herald Wed, 08/16/2017 - 23:00

Melbourne council stripped of citizenship power after cancelling Australia Day celebrations
Malcolm Turnbull has stripped Yarra Council of its right to hold any citizenship ceremonies after it voted to no longer recognise Australia Day on January 26.
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The Age - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 22:12

'Congested, confusing': This is the 'roundabout of death'
It is reviled and loathed by Melbourne motorists, pedestrians and cyclists alike and now there's money for a plan to fix it.
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HuffPost Wed, 08/16/2017 - 21:03

The Mooch: ‘I’m A Very Active Gay Rights Supporter’
"I think that ‘life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,’ when they wrote that, I don’t think it was just meant for straight people, and so for me, I’m a very active gay rights supporter.”
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The Greens (WA) Wed, 08/16/2017 - 18:15

Karl Stefanovic Has Thrown His Support Behind The Campaign To Change The Date Of Australia Day
“As hard as some want to ignore it, January 26 marks a day this land changed forever for one of the oldest and most beautiful cultures in the world.” #ChangeTheDate
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