Tag Archives: Australia

AUSTRALIA: Deputy PM Who Led Campaign Against Marriage Equality Exposed After Knocking Up Mistress

The West Australian reports: He’s the man who strongly opposed gay marriage, arguing it was against traditional family values. Now it’s been revealed Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce is expecting a baby with his former staff member, after leaving his wife of 24 years. Mr Joyce’s former wife, Natalie, said she was “deeply saddened” by the affair given her husband’s ...

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Margaret Court To Skip Australian Open, Claims Equal Marriage Will Bring About “Genderless Generation”

Q News Magazine reports: Australian tennis champion Margaret Court has remained defiant in her opposition to marriage equality. The 24-time Grand Slam winner, who is now a pastor in Perth, told the Herald Sun that same-sex marriage was a “trend” and Australia “will pay” for its decision to legalise it in December. “I think there will be a price to ...

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AUSTRALIA: Cher Set To Headline Sydney Mardi Gras

The Sydney Morning Herald reports: You better Believe it – it’s looking like superstar singer and actress Cher will headline Sydney’s 40th gay and lesbian Mardi Gras in March. While it is understood a contract is yet to be signed, sources close to the event have told Fairfax Media the 71-year-old gay icon is almost locked in to perform at ...

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AUSTRALIA: Sydney Archbishop Laments 2017 As An “Annus Horribilis” Because Of Same-Sex Marriage

The Guardian reports: The Catholic Archbishop of Sydney Anthony Fisher said people of faith might describe 2017 as “annus horribilis” because of euthanasia laws in Victoria, the exposure of child sexual abuse in the Catholic church, and the legalisation of same-sex marriage were failures that challenged “our Christian conceptions of life”. “Like any year, this one has had its challenges ...

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Australia Sees First Same-Sex Weddings [VIDEO]

The Telegraph reports: Australia’s first gay weddings took place on Saturday, ushering in a new era after the country’s marriage equality law came into effect this month. The historic reforms were given royal assent on December 8, the final step in a process that began with a national postal vote in September. There was supposed to be a 30-day waiting ...

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AUSTRALIA: Same-Sex Marriage Bill Signed Into Law, Weddings To Commence In 30 Days [VIDEO]

The Associated Press reports: Australia’s prime minister rushed gay marriage into law on Friday by gaining a final signature on a bill hours after it was overwhelming endorsed by Parliament and as the nation started planning weddings that can take place in a month. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull traveled to Government House where Governor-General Peter Cosgrove signed the bill into ...

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AUSTRALIA: Anti-Gay Christian Couple Reneges On Vow To Divorce If Same-Sex Marriage Becomes Law

The Daily Mail reports: A married Christian couple who pledged to divorce if same sex marriage was legalised will not go ahead with it because it would require them to separate from one another. Nick and Sarah Jensen, from Canberra, sparked controversy in 2015 when Mr Jensen announced they would end their decades-long legal union if same sex marriage was ...

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BREAKING: Australia Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage!

The Guardian reports: Australia’s parliament has legislated for marriage equality, passing a bill almost unanimously to allow two people, regardless of sex, to marry. On Thursday the House of Representatives passed a cross-party bill after an unprecedented national postal survey gave unstoppable momentum to legislate the historic social reform. Australia, which changed the law in 2004 to say that marriage ...

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LIVE VIDEO: Australian Parliament Makes Final Vote On Same-Sex Marriage Bill, Passage Considered Likely

The Daily Telegraph reports: Same-sex marriage faces its final test in Parliament this morning when politicians vote on final changes to the historic bill proposed by Tony Abbott. Labor predicts the bill can pass parliament as early as 2pm today — the final scheduled sitting day of the year — if no last-minute changes to the bill are made. But ...

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Aussie MP Proposes During Marriage Debate [VIDEO]

The Associated Press reports: Tim Wilson, a 37-year-old lawmaker in the conservative coalition government, was among the first lawmakers to join the House of Representatives debate and toward the end of his speech popped the question to his partner of seven years Ryan Bolger, who was watching from the public gallery. “In my first speech I defined our bond by ...

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AUSTRALIA: Senate Approves Marriage Bill In Lopsided Vote, Easy Passage Expected In House Next Week

The Guardian reports: The Australian Senate has passed a same-sex marriage bill, the first marriage equality bill to pass either house of federal parliament, succeeding where more than 20 previous attempts have failed. Two weeks after the announcement that 61.6% of those who participated in the unprecedented national postal survey voted in favour of same-sex marriage, the Senate passed the ...

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Australian Attorney General Gives Impassioned Speech On Marriage: You Are Normal, You Have A Need To Love

“I want to reflect for a moment on the message this will send, in particular, to young gay people. To the boy or girl who senses a difference from their friends, which they find difficult to understand and impossible to deal with. How many hundreds of thousands of young Australians have known that fear? How many have lived with it, ...

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AUSTRALIA: Senator Weeps During Heart-Tugging Defense Of Gay Friends At Marriage Bill Debate [VIDEO]

Australia’s News Corp outlet reports: An emotional Sarah Hanson-Young has broken down in parliament while speaking on the bill to make gay marriage legal today. The South Australian Greens senator could not fight her tears, or running mascara, as she issued a heartfelt apology to her former party leader Bob Brown, a gay man and LGBTIQ rights activist, that parliament ...

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AUSTRALIA: Catholic Archbishop Claims “Yes” Didn’t Win Majority Since 20% Didn’t Vote In Marriage Survey

The Daily Telegraph reports: It’s good enough for the people and good enough for the government — but that’s not good enough for the Catholic church. While the Yes vote for gay marriage was a convincing 61.6 per cent, the country’s most influential Catholic cleric Sydney Archbishop Anthony Fisher reckons that is not a majority. Because about 20 per cent ...

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Catholic School Covers Up “Suggestive” New Statue

The Guardian reports: A new statue at a Catholic school in Adelaide has been covered up and will be remodeled over issues with it being “potentially suggestive”. The statue of St Martin de Porres at Blackfriars Priory was unveiled recently and depicts the saint handing a loaf of bread to a young boy. However, the unfortunate placement of the bread ...

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Brian Brown Has The Australia Sadz

“In a non-binding move, Australians voted for ‘gay marriage.’ They voted against the truth that children deserve their own mother and father whenever possible. They voted against millennia of common sense that life is created only by a man and a woman, and that gendered marriage is the only institution that attaches new life to parents. Sure, Australia, you can ...

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AUSTRALIA: Tennis Legend Margaret Court Calls On Politicians To Ignore Result Of Marriage Survey

The West Australian reports: Margaret Court says she is inclined to end her 50-year association with the Liberals over same-sex marriage, believing the major parties are presiding over the nation’s moral decline. The tennis legend and pastor, who is married to former WA Liberal president Barry Court, urged politicians who were personally opposed to same-sex marriage to follow their conscience ...

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AUSTRALIA: Lawyer Offers To Help Couple Fulfill Their Vow To Divorce If Same-Sex Marriage Becomes Law

Australia’s News Corp outlet reports: A Sydney lawyer has offered his pro-bono support to a straight couple who said they would divorce if Australia legislated for same-sex marriage. Michael Tiyce, from Sydney family law firm Tiyce & Lawyers, told news.com.au he wanted to help Canberra couple Nick and Sarah Jensen keep their promise to Australia, “because, quite simply, they are ...

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When Australia Heard The Marriage Result [VIDEO]

The New York Times reports: A solid majority of Australians voted in favor of same-sex marriage in a historic survey that, while not binding, paves the way for Parliament to legally recognize the unions of gay and lesbian couples. Of 12.7 million Australians who took part in the survey, 61.6 percent voted yes and 38.4 percent voted no, officials announced ...

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Australian PM Vows “Marriage Before Christmas”

Moments after the survey result was announced, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull appeared before national cameras and vowed his intention to get a same-sex marriage bill through Parliament by Christmas. Watch below. Earlier today, Turnbull denounced right wing plans to laden the bill with “religious liberty” amendments which would legalize anti-LGBT discrimination by wedding-related businesses. According to Turnbull, such amendments ...

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