Mardi Gras cause to Celebrate: Australian Human Rights Commission

Australian Human Rights Commission President, Gillian Triggs said: “It has been 35 years since a group of pioneers marched along Oxford St to celebrate the contributions of gay men and lesbians to Australian society and make their fight for equality visible, ending in arrests and police brutality,” said Professor Triggs. “…. encouraging recent developments in our political sphere continue to prove that their efforts – and ongoing efforts since – are worth it.” For full press release click here. 

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POSTED 8 Mar 2013
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Homosexual Bill in WA

GREENS MLC, Lynn MacLaren has introduced her Bill (Marriage Equality Bill 2012) into the parliament. To read her comments from Hansard click here.  Nick Goiran made a point of order on the legality of the Bill arguing that it could contravene section 109 of the Australian Constitution which gives the Federal Govt the power to legislate on marriage.  

For Nick Goiran’s comments from Hansard click here. The Upper House President, Barry House, rejected the point of order, saying it was up to the courts to decide on the legality of bills. 

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POSTED 6 Dec 2012
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Homosexual Bill in WA

GREENS MLC, Lynn MacLaren has given notice that she will move that a Bill (Marriage Equality Bill 2012) for “An Act to provide for marriage equality, including the authorisation of celebrants, the registration of same-sex marriages via an amendment to the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 1998, and to provide for the dissolution and annulment of same-sex marriages and for related financial matters via amendments to the Family Court Act 1997.” be introduced and read a first time. It will not be debated until after the state election in March 2013.

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POSTED 13 Nov 2012
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Homosexual Bill in WA

GREENS MLC, Lynn MacLaren has given notice that she will move that a Bill (Marriage Equality Bill 2012) for “An Act to provide for marriage equality, including the authorisation of celebrants, the registration of same-sex marriages via an amendment to the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 1998, and to provide for the dissolution and annulment of same-sex marriages and for related financial matters via amendments to the Family Court Act 1997.” be introduced and read a first time. It will not be debated until after the state election in March 2013.

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POSTED 19 Oct 2012
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Homosexual Bill in WA

GREENS MLC, Lynn MacLaren has given notice that at the next sitting of the WA Upper House she will move that a Bill (Marriage Equality Bill 2012) for “An Act to provide for marriage equality, including the authorisation of celebrants, the registration of same-sex marriages via an amendment to the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 1998, and to provide for the dissolution and annulment of same-sex marriages and for related financial matters via amendments to the Family Court Act 1997.” be introduced and read a first time. It is possible that it could be debated in late October or late November.

More details to follow in Gleanings.

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POSTED 19 Sep 2012
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Lush homosexual campaign

Cosmetics brand Lush has launched a campaign to back homosexual ‘marriage’. Mumbrella reports that the brand has joined homosexual lobby group Australian Marriage Equality to pressure to federal govt to pass proposed amendments to the Australian Marriage Act. The campaign will see Lush turn its shops in campaign centers, where people can drop in to learn about marriage equality and sign a petition asking the government to take action.  Sales of its new soap product called Freedom Foamer Bubble Bar will go towards Australian Marriage Equality. For story click here.

For Lush Store locations click here.

To leave comment of their FB page click here.

There are 3 stores in WA: Garden City (08) 9315 2062 , Plaza Arcade (08) 9325 8974 and Karrinyup.

To contact them: http://www.lush.com.au/shop/info/13/contact-us or 1300 587 428

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POSTED 16 Jul 2012
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Marriage Bills

Lachlan Dunjey from Choose Life Australia explains why marriage is so important in a new article ‘Why the battle for marriage is so significant’

The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs is holding an inquiry into the Marriage Equality Amendment Bill 2012 (introduced by Labor MP Stephen Jones)  and the Marriage Amendment Bill 2012 (introduced by Greens MP Adam Bandt).

The two bills amend the Marriage Act 1961 to legalise homosexual marriage and to recognise homosexual marriages performed in foreign countries. It will substitute the words “a man and a woman” with the words “two people” 

The closing date for public responses was 20 April 2012. The report is expected to be tabled on 18 June 2012. 

In addition, on 8 February 2012 the Senate referred the Marriage Equality Amendment Bill 2010 for inquiry and report.

This private senator’s bill was introduced by Senator Hanson-Young.

The committee received 75,000 submissions, approx 44,000 support the bill, 31, 000 oppose the bill.

For submissions, including from Yvonne Henderson, Commissioner for Equal Opportunity, the Australian Christian Lobby, Tasmanian Premier Lara Giddings, Endeavour Forum, Saltshakers, the Association for Reformed Political Action (submission 118) click here.

For more on the inquiry: click here

Action: The Association for Reformed Political Action and Saltshakers is calling on people to write to their Federal MPs asking them to reject any moves by their party to introduce homosexual marriage by changing the Marriage Act.

Action: Bill Muehlenberg, from Culturewatch asks people to write to Tony Abbott encouraging him to stand strong. His email address is: Tony.Abbott.MP@aph.gov.au

Action: www.MakeAStand.org.au is asking people to write a letter to their local MP. As at 2 May 2012 24,741 had used this service.

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POSTED 11 Jun 2012
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Marriage Bills

Lachlan Dunjey from Choose Life Australia explains why marriage is so important in a new article ‘Why the battle for marriage is so significant’

The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs is holding an inquiry into the Marriage Equality Amendment Bill 2012 (introduced by Labor MP Stephen Jones)  and the Marriage Amendment Bill 2012 (introduced by Greens MP Adam Bandt).

The two bills amend the Marriage Act 1961 to legalise homosexual marriage and to recognise homosexual marriages performed in foreign countries. It will substitute the words “a man and a woman” with the words “two people” 

The closing date for public responses was 20 April 2012. The report is expected to be tabled on 18 June 2012. 

In addition, on 8 February 2012 the Senate referred the Marriage Equality Amendment Bill 2010 for inquiry and report.

This private senator’s bill was introduced by Senator Hanson-Young.

The Submissions period closed 2 April 2012 and the reporting date for the inquiry is 6 June 2012. The committee received 75,000 submissions, approx 44,000 support the bill, 31, 000 oppose the bill.

For submissions, including from Yvonne Henderson, Commissioner for Equal Opportunity, the Australian Christian Lobby, Tasmanian Premier Lara Giddings, Endeavour Forum, Saltshakers, the Association for Reformed Political Action (submission 118) click here.

For more on the inquiry: click here

Action: The Association for Reformed Political Action and Saltshakers is calling on people to write to their Federal MPs asking them to reject any moves by their party to introduce homosexual marriage by changing the Marriage Act.

Action: Bill Muehlenberg, from Culturewatch asks people to write to Tony Abbott encouraging him to stand strong. His email address is: Tony.Abbott.MP@aph.gov.au

Action: www.MakeAStand.org.au is asking people to write a letter to their local MP. As at 2 May 2012 24,741 had used this service.

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POSTED 4 May 2012
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Marriage Bills

Last Chance: The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs is holding an inquiry into the Marriage Equality Amendment Bill 2012 (introduced by Labor MP Stephen Jones)  and the Marriage Amendment Bill 2012 (introduced by Greens MP Adam Bandt).

The two bills amend the Marriage Act 1961 to legalise homosexual marriage and to recognise homosexual marriages performed in foreign countries. It will substitute the words “a man and a woman” with the words “two people”

The closing date for public responses is 5PM EST 20 April 2012. The report is expected to be tabled on 18 June 2012. Send comments to The Secretary of the Committee on 02 6277 4969 or email SPLAmarriagebills@aph.gov.au

Action: the Committee and the Australian Marriage Forum is asking people to take an online survey on their views of the amendment to the Marriage Act. To undertake survey: https://www.surveymk.com/s/spla-marriage

As at April 19 almost 58% were in favour of changing the definition of marriage.

Action: Saltshakers is asking people to inform their local Federal MP and the leader of the Liberal and Labor parties of the recent European Court decision

In addition, on 8 February 2012 the Senate referred the Marriage Equality Amendment Bill 2010 for inquiry and report.

This private senator’s bill was introduced by Senator Hanson-Young.

The Submissions period closed 2 April 2012 and the reporting date for the inquiry is 6 June 2012. The committee received 75,000 submissions, approx 44,000 support the bill, 31, 000 oppose the bill.

For submissions, including from Yvonne Henderson, Commissioner for Equal Opportunity, the Australian Christian Lobby, Tasmanian Premier Lara Giddings, Endeavour Forum, Saltshakers, the Association for Reformed Political Action (submission 118) click here.

For more on the inquiry: click here

Action: The Association for Reformed Political Action and Saltshakers is calling on people to write to their Federal MPs asking them to reject any moves by their party to introduce homosexual marriage by changing the Marriage Act.

Action: Bill Muehlenberg, from Culturewatch asks people to write to Tony Abbott encouraging him to stand strong. His email address is: Tony.Abbott.MP@aph.gov.au

Action: www.MakeAStand.org.au is asking people to write a letter to their local MP. As at 19 April 2012 24,740 had used this service.

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POSTED 20 Apr 2012
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Marriage Bills

The European Court of Human Rights judges stated that:

  • Same-sex marriages are not a human right
  • That if same-sex couples are allowed to marry, any church that offers weddings will be guilty of discrimination if it declines to marry same-sex couples.

Bill Muehlenberg’s Culture Watch has published an article March 24 on: Why the Demand for Homosexual Marriage? where he explains what is driving those that want to introduce homosexual marriage.

The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs is holding an inquiry into the Marriage Equality Amendment Bill 2012 (introduced by Labor MP Stephen Jones)  and the Marriage Amendment Bill 2012 (introduced by Greens MP Adam Bandt).

The two bills amend the Marriage Act 1961 to legalise homosexual marriage and to recognise homosexual marriages performed in foreign countries. It will substitute the words “a man and a woman” with the words “two people” Mr Bandt is said to have sent his bill to the committee in order to give lobbyists more time to convince the Coalition to alllow its members a conscience vote (Milanda Rout, The Australian, Go Slow on Same-Sex Marriage, Greens MP Adam Bandt warns Labor, Feb 28, 2012.) It is thought that a conscience vote would mean that the amendments would pass parliament.  The closing date for public responses is 20 April 2012. The report is expected to be tabled on 18 June 2012.

Send comments to The Secretary of the Committee on 02 6277 4969 or email SPLAmarriagebills@aph.gov.au

Action: the Committee is asking people to take an online survey on their views of the amendment to the Marriage Act. To undertake survey: https://www.surveymk.com/s/spla-marriage

In addition, on 8 February 2012 the Senate referred the Marriage Equality Amendment Bill 2010 for inquiry and report.

This private senator’s bill was introduced by Senator Hanson-Young.

Submissions should be received by 2 April 2012. The reporting date for the inquiry is 25 May 2012.

Submissions can be sent to: legcon.sen@aph.gov.au

or:

Committee Secretary
Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600
Australia

T: 02 6277 5794 F: 02 6277 5794

For more on the inquiry: click here

Action: The Association for Reformed Political Action and Saltshakers is calling on people to write to their Federal MPs asking them to reject any moves by their party to introduce homosexual marriage by changing the Marriage Act.

Action: Bill Muehlenberg, from Culturewatch asks people to write to Tony Abbott encouraging him to stand strong. His email address is: Tony.Abbott.MP@aph.gov.au

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POSTED 6 Mar 2012
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