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First published in the International Business Times, October 11, 2011
About 60 Marriage Equality representatives from around Australia will travel to Canberra on Wednesday to meet with more than 40 MPs to discuss with Parliamentarians on both sides of the house how marriage equality affects their lives, and the lives of their family and friends.
Aged between 9 and 91 years, people are coming from every Australian state and territory, and will share their family’s story with various MPs and Senators from all parties throughout the day.
First published in The Mercury, October 11, 2011
FIVE Tasmanians will join supporters of same-sex marriage in Canberra tomorrow to push for changes to federal legislation.
Ulverstone couple Jen Evans and Jenny Archer, Martine Delaney, marriage celebrant Maxine Lowry and gay rights activist Rodney Croome will meet politicians to push for the change.
First published in Out in Perth, October 10, 2011
WA gay marriage advocates and supporters fly to Canberra tomorrow as part of a national campaign to lobby federal politicians in person.
Gay and Lesbian Equality (GALE) WA has been working with organisations such as Australian Marriage Equality to fly gay marriage supporters into Canberra and share their stories with their MP on Wednesday October 12.
GALE WA convenor Kitty Hawkins (pictured) said marriage equality was an important issue and that the stories from the community should have a great impact on politicians.
First published in The Standard, October 10, 2011
SOUTH-WEST Labor party members have backed a push to legalise gay marriage after the party’s state conference officially flagged its support for the reform.
Labor’s Victorian branch at the weekend became the latest state division to endorse legal recognition of same-sex relationships, putting greater political pressure on Prime Minister Julia Gillard ahead of the party’s national conference in December.
Hundreds of delegates clapped and cheered at the conference in Melbourne on Saturday when the resolution was passed with only a small number of members voting against it.
First published in ABC, October 9, 2011
South Australia’s outgoing premier has called for the Federal Government to legalise same-sex marriage.
Delivering the 2011 Flinders University Investigator Lecture in Adelaide on Sunday, Mike Rann called on the federal Parliament to change the Marriage Act to allow homosexual couples to marry.
“Same-sex marriage is an idea whose time has well and truly arrived,” he said during the speech, which marks the end of the Adelaide Festival of Ideas.
First published in Sydney Morning Herald, October 9, 2011
A PARLIAMENTARY conscience vote on same-sex marriage is likely to be the compromise agreed at Labor’s national conference this year.
All the Labor state and territory branches, except NSW, now support gay marriage after the Victorian Labor Party yesterday voted in support of a resolution calling on the ALP to amend the party platform.
”In a way it feels odd to get up here at a Labor state conference and talk about love but it is such an important and central foundation … to happy lives,” the co-convener of Rainbow Labor, Sarah Cole, said.
First published in The Sunday Times, October 9, 2011
Drag Queens, fairies, the proud and the curious gathered in Northbridge yesterday for the official launch of this year’s Pride festivities.
The annual City of Perth Fairday was held at Russell Square to kick off a month of events celebrating the city’s gay, lesbian and transgender communities.
Local businesses, community groups and government agencies were all on show to lend their support.
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First published in Sydney Morning Herald, October 8, 2011
The ALP state conference has voted to send a message to Julia Gillard to “get over it” and legalise gay marriage.
Only the conservative shop assistant’s union voted against the urgency motion.
However, national secretary Joe De Bruyn declined to debate the issue, saying it was a matter for the national platform and the powerful union would save its arguments for the National conference in December.
First published in News Ninemsn, October 6, 2011
Labor’s draft manifesto is unlikely to appease the party’s left on the issues of asylum seekers and gay marriage.
The ALP’s national policy committee released a consultative draft national platform on Thursday, open for comment only until 5pm on Sunday.
Committee chair and Labor MP Gai Brodtmann said the ALP’s national conference in December was being held earlier than usual and consultation had been held in a tighter timeframe.
Why I support gay marriage
KRISTINA KENEALLY SEPTEMBER 25, 2011
Published on ABC unleashed
I didn’t hear the word lesbian until I went to university. In my childhood, homosexuality was not discussed: not at home, not at church, not at school.
I’m sure there were homosexual people in my classroom or community. Possibly even in my extended family. But they were not ‘out’. Even the prevailing culture did not engage with homosexuality: growing up in middle America in the ’70s and ’80s was still far more Happy Days than Glee.
To say I grew up in a Catholic enclave wouldn’t be far wrong. I went to Catholic primary school, where my mother also taught. My dad was a Eucharistic minister in our parish. After attending an all-girls Catholic high school, I earned a BA in political science at a Catholic university, then spent a gap year teaching at a Catholic primary school. Continue reading »