The road to marriage equality in Australia has been a long, hard haul. And it hasn’t been made any easier by the fact that many gay men cheering loudly for the YES camp in the streets and on social media are ambivalent, at best, behind closed doors.
Louise Doran, Ocean Shores. The overwhelming Yes vote in the postal survey on gay marriage shows that the polls were right, Australians are not the homophobic lot that a small minority of federal politicians want to believe and govern for. No... Read More →
Malcolm Turnbull may not have wished to appear churlish last Thursday after the final vote on the same sex marriage bill, but he had no choice: that was his job.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s promise of same-sex marriage by Christmas will almost certainly be honoured. We will continue to argue for some time whether the long, expensive and emotionally charged process that’s delivered this change was worth it.
Right-wing amendments to same-sex marriage laws would provide special privileges for parents, civil celebrants and faith-based charities and undermine existing anti-discrimination laws, Greens Senator Richard Di Natale says.
For the hundreds of locals making a living from Byron’s wedding industry, the big ‘Yes’ result in the same-sex marriage survey wasn’t just about rights and recognition.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics has announced a 61.6 per cent Yes vote in the the national marriage equality postal vote survey. But the real surprise was in NSW where support dropped below 60 per cent.
The draft bill to legalise same-sex marriage, released by Senator James Paterson yesterday, represents an ‘extraordinary and perilous’ winding back of Australia's anti-discrimination laws under the cover of marriage equality, according to the Law Council of Australia.
The long march of the marriage equality postal vote survey finally comes to an end this week, with the results to be announced on Wednesday, November 15. A rally will take place at the Quad outside the Lismore Regional Art Gallery on Wednesday morning.
Supporters of the marriage equality 'Yes' vote will be gathering in Lismore on November 15, hopefully to celebrate a resounding win.
Lyn Dickinson, Pottsville. Marriage equality is a human rights issue, and not one that should be determined by personal bias. None of us have the right to decide who should love each other and how they should express their love.... Read More →
Anyone who has missed out on a marriage equality postal form has until Friday, 20 October, to request a new one.
The Anglican Diocese of Sydney has donated $1 million to the 'no' campaign against marriage equality, Archbishop Glenn Davies told the church's Synod on Monday.
With still a month to go before the results of the nation’s longest ever survey are tabulated, supporters of the marriage equality YES campaign took to Byron Bay’s Apex Park on Sunday to relax, reflect and re-energise.
Nick Mills, Eureka. Menkit Prince's homo-negative and dangerously misinformed letter in the Byron Shire Echo recently demonstrates a great example of how effective the 'no' campaign has been at distributing lies and misinformation about marriage equality and shifting the debate to things that have nothing to do with the actual question being asked.
I am saddened that there are some who oppose Tweed Shire Council supporting the fundamental human right to marry.
The media and other politicians have been quick to condemn the headbutt on Tony Abbott. However, in talking with people in cafes, in the street, at work, I have been met with a very different response.
Tweed Shire Council will hold a special general meeting this evening following an attempt by the shire’s three conservative councillors to derail its support for the YES vote in the marriage equality debate.
Nick Haslam As the Australian same-sex marriage debate heats up it may be time for cool reflection on the sources of our polarised views. Recent research shines a revealing light on the roots of pro- and anti-marriage equality sentiment. It... Read More →
Tweed Shire Council’s chambers in Murwillumbah and Tweed Heads will be flying the rainbow flag proudly soon after councillors last night voted to support the Yes vote in the upcoming same-sex marriage survey.
Today commuters in Tweed will be greeted by an eight-metre long banner in support of the YES vote for Marriage Equality.
After speaking recently at a writers’ festival, I was asked about what in Australia’s history could account for our failure to legislate same-sex marriage. It was not easy to answer.
The Lismore City Council has this morning raised the rainbow flag in support of marriage equality while an unauthorised rainbow crossing has appeared in Nimbin.
Maybe I should be excited. Many of my friends are. ‘The votes are in the mail,’ one of those friends says as we pass by an Aboriginal bloke sitting under a tree, painting on stretched canvas.
Desmond Bellamy, Byron Bay. Those of us who thought, like the old song, that ‘love and marriage go together like a horse and carriage’ have had a lot of confusing information thrown at us recently about same-sex couples and the... Read More →