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Oct 20, 2011
emily

Conscience vote announcement delayed

First published in Star Observer, October 20, 2011

The Star Observer understands that Prime Minister Julia Gillard has deferred plans to announce her support for a conscience vote on same-sex marriage after being embarrassed by a report in this paper that she would make the announcement this week.

Last week a senior federal ALP source revealed to the Star Observer that Gillard was planning to announce she would allow a conscience vote on same-sex marriage in an effort to short-circuit debate at the ALP National Conference in Sydney in December.

The debate would still occur but the source said Gillard believed that pre-empting the outcome would take the wind out of the sails of any decision made by the conference.

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Oct 20, 2011
emily

Same-sex marriages not classified as married in census

First published in Courier Mail, October 20, 2011

COUPLES who said they were in a same-sex marriage in the recent national census would not be classified as married, a parliamentary hearing has been told.

But a senior official with the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Paul Lowe told the Senate Economics committee that the statistician felt it had an obligation to return the census data on same-sex marriage to the community.

The ABS conducted its latest five-yearly national census on August 9, 2011.

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Oct 19, 2011
emily

Legal support for marriage equality

First published in Star Observer, October 19, 2011

Members of the National Association of Community Legal Centres (NACLC) have voted in favour of marriage equality at their annual conference in Hobart today.

350 delegates unanimously voted in favour of a resolution calling for the NACLC to write to the Gillard Government to urge change to allow same-sex couples to marry.

Australian Marriage Equality spokesman Rodney Croome – who spoke at the event – said the vote indicates strong support for marriage equality in the legal sector.

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Oct 19, 2011
emily

Promoting gay marriage on a Town Hall Station billboard

First published in Inner West Courier, October 19, 2011

EVAN Cooper is trying to change the world – one couple at a time.

He set up the Commitment Project, a website which promotes equality and gay marriage.

His belief is simple: “If people love someone and they want to get married, they should be able to make that choice as an adult. Just make people a little more accepting and hopefully get them to believe in marriage equality and make the world a nicer place.”

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Oct 19, 2011
emily

Marriage equality on Gillard’s conscience

First published in Gay News Network, October 19, 2011

MELBOURNE: The last week has seen significant changes in the push for marriage equality, with the Victorian branch of the Labor Party succeeded in passing a motion endorsing same-sex marriage as part of the ALP’s National Platform.

Then came the news that Prime Minister Julia Gillard was about to announce support for a party conscience vote on the issue.

As MCV went to press, Labor insiders were indicating an announcement on same-sex marriage by the PM was imminent.

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Oct 19, 2011
emily

SA MLC backs calls for marriage motion

First published in Star Observer, October 19, 2011

Dignity for Disability party MLC Kelly Vincent, a key crossbencher in the South Australian Parliament, has today spoken in support for a motion calling on the Federal Government to introduce marriage equality like that passed by the Tasmanian Parliament last month.

SA Greens MLC Tammy Franks plans to introduce a motion requesting that the Federal Government amend the Commonwealth Marriage Act to allow same-sex marriage in the near future.

“I am a passionate supporter of equality in marriage and rights,” Vincent said, “I strongly believe that all love is equal, and am saddened to think that Australians who love each other are being denied the right to express that love through marriage.”

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Oct 18, 2011
emily

Why we need to rally

First published in Star Observer, October 18, 2011

People often ask me what the benefits of rallying for marriage equality are. How is rallying going to convince our leaders to introduce and pass a bill?

I was once rather stunned when asked these questions. I naturally assumed that people (generally speaking) understood the importance of grassroots campaigning. After all, aren’t people aware of the black and women rights movements and how grassroots campaigning was vital in achieving legislative reform?

After a discussion with a friend around these questions, I thought more deeply about the strategic benefits of rallying when campaigning for legislative reform.

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Oct 18, 2011
emily

NSW Young Labor backs equality

First published in Star Observer, October 18, 2011

The NSW Labor Youth Council has voted 78 – 2 in favour of a motion urging the federal Government to support marriage equality.

At the council, NSW Young Labor president David Latham pledged to vote in favour of change to the Marriage Act as a delegate to the ALP National Conference in December.

Australian Marriage Equality spokesman Peter Furness (pictured) told the Star Observer the writing was on the wall for Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

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Oct 18, 2011
emily

Maroubra mums unite for marriage equality

First published in Southern Courier, October 18, 2011

Two young boys and their two mums went to Canberra last week to show politicians that happy families come in all kinds of packages.

Seven years ago Sandy Miller was ending her marriage while Louise Bucke was told she had three months to live after being diagnosed with cancer.

The women, who had been friends for a decade, not only helped each other through this tumultuous period but four years ago a strong love blossomed.

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Oct 17, 2011
emily

Campbelltown couple fight for same-sex marriage

First published in Macarthur Chronicle, October 17, 2011

BRENDON Beavan’s mother will never see her son walk down the aisle with his partner, Michael Faucett.

She died unexpectedly last year but the Campbelltown couple hope a wedding celebration in her memory isn’t too far away.

Mr Beavan’s fight for marriage equality has strengthened since the death of his mother, and on Wednesday he joined Mr Faucett in the Real Families, Real Stories, Marriage Equality Goes to Canberra campaign.

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