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Oct 10, 2011
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Gay Marriage Advocates head to Canberra

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.

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Sep 29, 2011
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MP backs marriage for daughter

First published in Star Observer, September 29, 2011

South Australian Labor MLC Gerry Kandelaars has used his maiden speech to call for marriage equality and changes to the state’s IVF laws to allow lesbian access.

Kandelaars said his lesbian daughter Katie and her partner Simone should be legally allowed to marry.

“In the eyes of the law, they are second-class citizens, which they are certainly not,” Kandelaars told Parliament yesterday.

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Sep 29, 2011
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Twitter marriage forum a success

First published in Star Observer, September 29, 2011

Thursday night’s Twitter forum on same-sex marriage reached more than 20,000 people, and made thousands more individual impressions, with the former NSW premier Kristina Keneally, the Star Observer, New Mardi Gras and Australian Marriage Equality all taking part alongside high profile community members including dancer Ripley Waters, DJs Seymour Butz and Dan Murphy, and puppet drag queen Queen Miss Left Titter.

Following the forum, organiser Toro Productions tweeted “A quick analysis of the last 50 tweets: We reached 21,144 ppl and exposed 35,262 impressions http://t.co/R6XSTTHX AMAZING! #Equality.”

In her contributions to the forum Keneally urged people to find common ground with supportive people of faith on the issue and warned that civil unions would “undermine marriage for straight families” as well as same-sex couples if introduced instead of full marriage equality.

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Sep 28, 2011
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Same-sex marriage soon: Kirby

First published in Ninemsn, September 28, 2011

Former High Court judge Michael Kirby believes Australia will legalise same-sex marriage soon, though it may be a bit late for him to take the plunge.

He also says that publicly declaring his homosexuality would once have been an impediment to his legal career.

And though he has long forgiven Liberal Senator Bill Heffernan for false accusations he once made against him, his long-term partner Johan van Vloten has not.

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Sep 28, 2011
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Protesters target Gillard in Melbourne

First published in Sydney Morning Herald, September 28, 2011

More than 100 protesters are targeting a Melbourne function attended by Prime Minister Julia Gillard, condemning the government’s stance on same-sex marriage and asylum seekers.

Carl Katter, the gay half-brother of federal independent MP Bob Katter, has addressed protesters outside a hotel in Melbourne’s CBD where Ms Gillard is to address the University of Melbourne’s AsiaLink conference.

Protesters from Equal Love Victoria and the Refugee Action Collective have joined forces to condemn Ms Gillard over her policies regarding asylum seekers and the federal government’s ban on same-sex marriage.

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Sep 28, 2011
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Gillard handballs dying man’s plea

First published in Star Observer, September 28, 2011

Terminally ill cancer patient Patrick and his partner Mitchell, who waited nearly a year for Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s office to respond to letters calling for them to be allowed to marry before Patrick dies, have finally received a response — but from the wrong person.

The couple contacted the Star Observer after sending three letters to Gillard’s office. The first letter was sent in in November 2010.

In an August 10 2011 front-page story, a media advisor for Gillard said the couple should expect a reply “in coming weeks”.

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Sep 26, 2011
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More states to follow Tasmania

First published in Star Observer, September 26, 2011

Other state Greens branches are considering putting forward motions like that passed by the Tasmanian Parliament on September 21, giving in-principle support to same-sex marriage, while the Young Labor National Conference and Mildura ALP branch have moved to support marriage equality.

NSW Greens MLC Cate Faehrmann said her party would consider proposing a similar motion.

“The Greens will look seriously at moving a similar motion at the right time, though there are incredibly conservative elements in the NSW Upper House right now so we have that to take into consideration.”

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Sep 23, 2011
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Mildura’s ALP branch throws support behind same-sex marriage

First published in ABC, September 23, 2011

The Mildura and District Branch of the Australian Labor Party has thrown its support behind the push for same-sex marriage in Australia, saying they intend to push this agenda at the party’s National Conference in December. Secretary Ali Cupper said that despite the region being the safest federal conservative seat in the country, there was no reason to assume there would not be support for the idea.

Tasmania’s lower house has this week become the first in the country to vote in favour of changing the law to allow for same-sex marriage.

Now, in the safest conservative seat in the country, the local ALP branch has joined the cause.

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Sep 23, 2011
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Greens Leader Bob Brown expects Julia Gillard to back gay marriage

First published in Herald Sun, September 23, 2011

GREENS leader Bob Brown says he expects Prime Minister Julia Gillard and the ALP to back same-sex marriage at its national conference.

Every state and territory Labor branch, except NSW, have passed motions supporting same-sex marriage, and the issue is expecting to come before the party’s national conference in December.

Senator Brown said he expected the party to change its platform.

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Sep 22, 2011
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Tasmanian same-sex vote to put pressure on federal Labour

First published in The Australian, September 22, 2011

GAY activists say yesterday’s vote by Tasmania’s lower house calling for gay marriage — the first in an Australia parliament — will build pressure on federal Labor ahead of its national conference.

State Labor MPs backed a Greens motion calling on the Gillard government to change the federal Marriage Act to allow same-sex couples to marry.

Gay marriage campaigners hailed passionate speeches in favour of the change by Labor MPs from blue-collar and Christian backgrounds, vowing to send the Hansard to Julia Gillard, who opposes gay marriage.

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