Same-sex weddings in January, after historic parliamentary vote

There was ecstatic scenes in a packed public gallery, with people draped in rainbow flags singing “I am, you are, we are Australian”, and some MPs joining in from the chamber floor.

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How the same-sex marriage vote will impact on human rights and democracy

OPINION & ANALYSIS: As former British PM David Cameron said, he supported same-sex marriage because he is a conservative. Unfortunately, his Australian counterparts have a less generous vision of conservatism.

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Jubilation as Australia votes YES to same-sex marriage – reaction

LGBTQI community celebrates as the results of the postal survey show Australians are in favour of marriage equality 62% to 38%, paving the way for legislation.

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Same-sex marriage ‘No’ campaign had “moral integrity of Trevor Chappell”, says Magda

Actress and LGBTQI activist Magda Szubanski calls for national unity following ‘Yes’ result in marriage equality vote, but then lashes out at ‘No’ campaign.

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BUMSEX appears on same-sex marriage survey papers – redfaced ABS apologises

ABS claims cheeky code on marriage equality postal vote form was randomly generated by complex security algorithm.

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High Court gives go-ahead for marriage equality ballot

Immediately after the decision, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told parliament he encouraged every Australian to have their say in the ballot, repeated that he and his wife Lucy would be voting yes, and turned on Bill Shorten.

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Explainer: with no free vote for now, where next for marriage equality?

OPINION & ANALYSIS: So, the government seems determined to give voters a voice, and equally determined not to be bound by what those voters say. How did we get here and where to now?

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Same-sex marriage plebiscite block over mental health “ridiculous” says Turnbull

“Are we going to say that we may not have a public debate on a topic when it is alleged that there will be a minority, some small groups, that will act intemperately?” – Malcolm Turnbull.

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Labor introduces same-sex marriage bill to parliament

Labor and Greens table seperate marriage equality bills, both pushing for a parliamentary vote to settle the issue without the government’s proposed same-sex marriage plebiscite.

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Australian MP proposes national referendum on marriage equality issue

The Australian government is considering a referendum to establish if Australians are accepting of same-sex marriages.

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Abbott puts seats at risk: gay group

Tony Abbott should confirm a coalition conscience vote on same-sex marriage or risk inner-city seats, gay rights group Australian Marriage Equality (AME) says, as Kevin Rudd commits to introducing same-sex marriage legislation.

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SA Supreme Court rules that same-sex couples receive spousal benefits

The South Australian Supreme Court has ruled in favour of an Adelaide man seeking to be recognised as the spouse of his deceased gay partner in what has been hailed as a landmark victory for advocates of same-sex marriage.

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Christian Lobby’s Stolen Generation claims show bigotry, says Wong

Senior figures in the Australian Labor Party have lashed out at the powerful Australian Christian Lobby, with prominent government minister Penny Wong accusing the organisation of prejudice after they released a statement comparing the children of same sex couples to the Stolen Generation.

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Kevin Rudd: why I now support same sex marriage

Federal Labor backbencher and former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has used his popular blog to outline his support for same sex marriage, writing that church and state “can have different positions” on the issue.

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Independent MP Tony Windsor calls for referendum on gay marriage

Independent MP Tony Windsor has drawn criticism from both sides of parliament today after calling for a national referendum in order to decide the gay marriage debate in Australia, with the suggestion being labelled as dangerous and potentially divisive.

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