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Opposition to Same-Sex Marriage Falling Like Dominoes in Australia

Opposition to Same-Sex Marriage Falling Like Dominoes in Australia
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When dominoes are lined up just right, the first one to tip onto its neighbor starts a chain reaction. That is what is happening in Australia, as state and territory legislators vote their support of marriage equality for the country’s same-sex couples.

Last September, Tasmania’s Parliament passed a motion in support of marriage equality in Australia, by a vote of 13 to 9. Then in November, the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly approved a motion calling on the federal government to allow same-sex marriages.

Now Coalition MPs in the New South Wales Upper House of the Parliament have voted 22 to 16 in support of marriage equality. All three votes call on the federal government to reform the Marriage Act so that same-sex couples can wed.

Alex Greenwich, national convener of Australian Marriage Equality said:

The motion says to all federal parliamentarians that this is an important issue Australians want resolved.

As more parliamentarians open their hearts and minds to the issue support inevitably increases.

Greens MP Cate Faehrmann, who brought the private-member’s bill before the NSW Legislative Council, said:

This is a great day. I congratulate my NSW Upper House colleagues for their leadership. Today we are on the right side of history.

Denying anyone the right to marry who they love is ludicrous. It’s last century and it’s time our Federal Parliament caught up.

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9:20PM PDT on Jul 10, 2012

Unfortunately with Tony Abbott ruling the liberal party with an iron fist its unlikely. He will not allow members of his party a conscience vote. He is a good Catholic and has already helped to destroy the Northern Territory's Euthanasia Laws
We have just had a change of government in Queensland and the first items of business (passed within 2 weeks) were anti-gay laws. Same party.

7:10PM PDT on Jun 10, 2012

Good on ya sports !

7:49PM PDT on Jun 9, 2012

good news

11:58AM PDT on Jun 7, 2012

I made a video about why Homosexuals should have equal rights. It’s at my YouTube channel Zarrakan, and here’s the link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdK5ETOJusw

Watch it, share it, and join the fight against the evil Homophobes.

9:02PM PDT on Jun 6, 2012

Ainsey, f*ck your bible and f*ck your god. You beliefs should not dictate my right to marry my partner, nor does it mean that we all have to believe what you believe, just because you really, really, really, think you are right. If you have a problem with gays, go find a site that enjoys your point of view and stop spreading you hate. Oh, and if you're offended by what I said, well then, be happy I censored myself, and I don't mean the little * I used.

6:04PM PDT on Jun 6, 2012

It's things like this that make me proud to be Canadian! I'm glad Australia is catching on. It often fascinates me how a country like Australia can be so quick to change whereas opposition or challenges seem to be ongoing forever in other countries...

5:05PM PDT on Jun 6, 2012

Same sex marriage are not God's way (read the bible) despite what most politicians and famous folk may think. God cannot bless a nation that allows these kinds of laws.

1:12PM PDT on Jun 6, 2012

Good news

11:40AM PDT on Jun 6, 2012

Cheers Australia!

Though I do have to point out a serious issue. Canada has had gay marraige for several years now and now they have a conservative government that's undermining the nation. You decide for yourself! Is gay marraige ruining Canada?
Sorry, that was just a joke.

9:44AM PDT on Jun 6, 2012

"thing or two" - sorry for the happy fingers this morning.

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