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Nov 15, 2011
claireorourke

Headspace tackles marriage equality

National Youth Mental Health Foundation headspace is asking young people what they think about the issue of equal marriage.

If you’re a young person, headspace wants to know how this issue affects you and what you would like the politicians to know. Send us your stories, experiences, reflections or views about the issue of equal marriage. Continue reading »

Nov 15, 2011
claireorourke

Gillard’s gay marriage stance “breaks hearts, but strengthens resolve”

Media Release – Australian Marriage Equality
Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

Marriage equality advocates are disappointed Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, has today affirmed her opposition to same-sex marriage and has tried to pre-empt the outcome of Labor’s National Conference by calling for a conscience vote. The Prime Minister’s comments are below and appear in an opionion piece published in Tuesday’s Age. Continue reading »

Oct 24, 2011
emily

Civil union vote for Queensland

First published in Star Observer, October 24, 2011

Queensland acting premier Andrew Fraser has announced his plans to introduce same-sex civil unions for the state.

Fraser said he was likely to introduce the reform before Christmas via a private member’s bill and called on parliament to support the proposal.

Although Fraser admitted he and Premier Anna Bligh support full marriage equality, he said civil partnerships were as far as state government could go to acknowledge the relationship rights of gay and lesbian couples.

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Oct 24, 2011
claireorourke

Labor heavyweights announce marriage equality support

First published on Gay News Network, October 24, 2011

Incumbent Labor Party President, Jenny McAllister, has over the weekend flagged support for marriage equality as “a very significant issue” for the future of the ALP, while Queensland’s Acting Labor Premier Andrew Fraser has suggested that he will introduce a private members bill to allow for civil unions.

McAllister – who is currently in the middle of a campaign to retain the ALP’s presidency – has said that the issue of same-sex marriage has particularly resonated with younger members of the party.

“My view will be that this is important to branch members, but it is particularly important to our younger members.

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Oct 23, 2011
emily

Equal love to rally ALP office

First published in Gay News Network, October 23, 2011

MELBOURNE: Marriage equality lobby group Equal Love is holding a ‘speak out’ as its final Melbourne gathering before travelling to Sydney to rally at the ALP national conference in December.

The speak out takes place on Wednesday, November 16 from 12.30 to 3.30pm at the ALP Victorian office, 360 King Street, West Melbourne.

Anyone attending is encouraged to dress in traditional or creative wedding gear.

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Oct 23, 2011
emily

Candidate backs gay marriage

First published in Canberra Times, October 23, 2011

RIGHT-wing factional candidates for the national Labor Party presidency will support gay marriage, according to internal party communication.

It comes after Queensland Deputy Premier Andrew Fraser announced he would move a private members Bill before Christmas to have gay marriage legally recognised.

It goes against the belief of Labor’s right-faction heavyweights such as Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association national secretary Joe de Bruyn.

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Oct 21, 2011
emily

Swing to Labor if it supports marriage equality

First published in Star Observer, October 21, 2011

Labor can expect a swing in its favour of almost 5% if it supports marriage equality, a new national poll has found.

The poll by Galaxy Research found almost half of Greens voters and a third of young voters would be more likely to vote for the ALP if it adopted a new policy allowing same-sex couples to marry.

It also found almost a quarter of voters who already support Labor will be stronger supporters if the Party backs marriage equality.

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Oct 21, 2011
emily

Labor marriage backflip would please voters

First published in SameSame, October 21, 2011

The Labor Party can expect a swing in its favour of almost 5% if it supports marriage equality, a new national poll has found.

The national poll of over 1,000 registered voters by Galaxy Research found almost half of Green voters and a third of young voters would be more likely to vote Labor if it adopted a new policy allowing same-sex couples to marry.

The poll asked: “If the Labor Party officially supported same-sex marriage, would you be more likely to vote Labor, less likely to vote Labor, or would your vote not be affected?”

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Oct 21, 2011
emily

Julia Gillard’s free vote on gay marriage

First published in Daily Telegraph, October 21, 2011

JULIA Gillard is set for a reversal on gay marriage, with government sources claiming she would announce within weeks a conscience vote on the issue. Government sources said the Prime Minister would state her position ahead of the Labor Party’s national conference in December.

It could come as early as Monday or after the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Perth finishes at the end of next week.

Left wing and some Right-wing MPs who are delegates to the Labor conference will push for a reversal of the party’s platform, which currently opposes gay marriage.

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Oct 21, 2011
emily

Guarding the Left flank: gay unions and Labor’s primary vote

First published in Crikey, October 21, 2011

With speculation the prime minister will declare her support for a conscience vote on same-sex marriage ahead of Labor’s December national conference, a new poll suggests the issue could enable Labor to attract support from Greens voters.

Sources close to the PM have long hinted that there’d be a shift by Julia Gillard on the issue either before or at the conference, although not all the way in favour of same-sex unions. These have been strengthened by reports in News Ltd papers today that the PM is preparing to back a conscience vote, a compromise tactic designed to head off a damaging fight over the issue between social progressives and conservatives while shifting Labor to a more liberal stance than its current “man and woman” policy.

The pro-same-sex union group Australian Marriage Equality today released polling done by Galaxy looking at the impact on voting intention of a full Labor shift to supporting same-sex unions. The poll was undertaken last weekend with a sample size of just over 1000 respondents.

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