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 Age Sun, 12/17/2017 - 02:05

Why the Bennelong result was exactly what Australia needed
ANALYSIS: With so much instability in Australia's politics, since 2009-10, the last thing the country needs is yet another failed prime ministership, writes Mark Kenny.
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The Age Sat, 12/16/2017 - 11:09

'I'm that person in the room nobody notices'
Only 15 private bills have actually passed into Australian law since 1901.
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Dark underbelly of living in Lakemba
It's one of Australia’s most diverse suburbs, but as a tumultuous year draws to an end, there’s still a sombre side to the Muslim neighbourhood.
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Gay Times Magazine Fri, 12/15/2017 - 16:39

Roy Moore attacks 'sodomites' and trans people after losing senate election
"We’ve redefined marriage and destroyed the basis of family."
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How a celebration of love turned into a festival of hate
The vote resulted in an outpouring of emotion, but the darkest response to same-sex marriage hasn’t come from the No side.Via Joe Hildebrand
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Equal Marriage Rights Australia Thu, 12/14/2017 - 05:19
Don't blame me I didn't vote Liberal Thu, 12/14/2017 - 05:15

Australians' faith in system of government waning, survey finds
73% think politics is fixated on short-term gains, not addressing long-term challenges.
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Don't blame me I didn't vote Liberal Thu, 12/14/2017 - 04:54

WATCH: Tony Abbott Tried To Explain Why He Didn’t Vote On Marriage Equality
Abbott has abstained from 75% of the vote in the house of reps so it begs the question as to what on earth his role is to justify his position in parliament?
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The Advocate magazine Wed, 12/13/2017 - 03:40

Senate Confirms Unqualified, Antigay Judge to Lifetime Appointment
This supporter of “ex-gay" therapy “will wreak lasting damage on civil rights for generations to come," states Lambda Legal's director.
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