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Oct 14, 2011
emily

PM to announce conscience vote

First published in Star Observer, October 14, 2011

A senior federal ALP source has told the Star Observer that Prime Minister Julia Gillard is planning to announce she will 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.

The source said Gillard knew she didn’t have the votes at conference to prevent marriage equality from being added to the ALP national platform, which would put her at odds with her own party on the issue.

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Oct 12, 2011
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Senior politicians discuss equal marriage rights for all Australians

Federal politicians will today receive a clear message from ordinary families from across Australia. That message is, that all Australians want and deserve equal marriage rights.

More than 60 ordinary Australians arrive at Parliament House this morning to talk about marriage equality with more than 40 MPs from both sides of the house, including cabinet ministers and senior opposition politicians.

Alex Greenwich, campaign coordinator, said that more and more Australians were speaking out in support of equal rights for all Australians, and the time had come for Australian law to reflect the changed attitude of Australians.

“Marriage equality is about treating everybody and every family equally,” Mr Greenwich said.

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Oct 12, 2011
emily

Rugby star supports marriage equality

First published in Star Observer, October 12, 2011

A leading Australian rugby player and committed Christian, David Pocock, has come out in support of marriage equality, saying he and his female partner will not marry until their gay friends can.

Australian Marriage Equality national convener Alex Greenwich welcomed Pocock’s statement saying it shows support for the issue is increasingly widespread in all sections of Australian society.

“David Pocock’s strong support for equality will have a dramatic impact in a sports-mad nation like Australia,” Greenwich said.

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Oct 12, 2011
emily

The case for marriage

First published in Star Observer, October 12, 2011

The anti-gay lobby has a wealth of rhetoric, but nothing to back it up.

Arguing for marriage equality is a tedious indignity. Gay marriage proponents need to turn the debate around and demand the anti-gay brigade mount a decent argument against it.

For the entire time we’ve been together, I’ve worn out my boyfriend’s patience and understanding, letting fly an angry polemic every time an anti-marriage campaigner gets given column inches to make an arse of himself.

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Oct 12, 2011
emily

Bondi Junction couple goes to Canberra to fight for marriage equality

First published in Wentworth Courier, October 12, 2011

DANIEL Osborne and Adrian Seib will travel to Canberra this week to advocate for a cause that is very close to their hearts.

The Bondi Junction couple will meet federal MPs Philip Ruddock and Laurie Ferguson today, October 12, to discuss marriage equality.

They will join almost 60 people from around Australia in the Real Families, Real Stories, Marriage Equality Goes to Canberra campaign.

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Oct 12, 2011
emily

Politicians lagging on gay marriage

First published in Sky News, October 12, 2011

Federal MPs and senators have been told legalising same-sex marriage should be about people and not politics.

About 60 people, supporting what they call marriage equality, met with more than 40 politicians at Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday.

Australian Marriage Equality campaign Alex Greenwich said there was support for same-sex marriage from MPs in every political party.

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Oct 12, 2011
emily

Gay reverend takes the marriage fight to Canberra

First published in Brisbane Times, October 12, 2011

The life journey that took Reverend Leigh Neighbour to Canberra today is one riddled with despair and rejection, but also unconditional love.

Having been with his partner Dennis for 31 years, Reverend Neighbour would love nothing more than to formally marry the love of his life, and see their relationship fully accepted under law.

That would mean simple things like being able to stand together with his partner in airport custom checks, or shed the de facto tag that complicates and often discriminates against their dealings with government organisations and insurance companies.

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Oct 12, 2011
claireorourke

Pollies listen to gay marriage advocates

First published in Gay News Network, October 12, 2011

CANBERRA: About 60 supporters of marriage equality visited Australian Parliament House today to lobby MPs on the issue.

Australian Marriage Equality national convenor Alex Greenwich said marriage equality was an issue that didn’t just affect LGBTI people.

“It’s an issue that effects so many people – and their families – and that is reflected by the range of representatives here in Canberra today,” Greenwich said.

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Oct 12, 2011
claireorourke

Bondi Junction couple goes to Canberra to fight for marriage equality

First published in the Wentworth Courier October 12, 2011

DANIEL Osborne and Adrian Seib will travel to Canberra this week to advocate for a cause that is very close to their hearts.

The Bondi Junction couple will meet federal MPs Philip Ruddock and Laurie Ferguson today, October 12, to discuss marriage equality.

They will join almost 60 people from around Australia in the Real Families, Real Stories, Marriage Equality Goes to Canberra campaign.

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Oct 11, 2011
emily

Abbott prevents conscience vote on same-sex marriage

First published in The Australian, October 11, 2011

THE Greens push to legalise same-sex marriage is doomed, with Tony Abbott confirming he will deny Liberal Party MPs a conscience vote on the issue, even if Labor grants its MPs a free vote.

The Opposition Leader’s position, confirmed yesterday, means there is no chance that the present parliament could amend the Marriage Act, even if most Labor MPs support the change.

This is because a significant number of MPs from the Labor Right strongly oppose same-sex marriage and, if given the freedom to vote according to their conscience, would side with the Coalition.

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