MP Voted Yes for Same-Sex Marriage After Son Died

This is one of many emotionally charged stories from Australia about their YES vote for same-sex marriage. I’m sure this woman’s son is looking down on her and knows what she did and that she did it for him. Love wins!

After more than a decade of debate, 13 million votes and $122m spent, Australia finally enshrined in law the right of all its citizens to marry the person they love.

MPs of opposing parties broke into spontaneous celebration – singing, cheering, even crying as the law was passed.

The public gallery serenaded politicians with a very unparliamentary rendition of ‘I am Australian’ without censure from the speaker.

These were not usual scenes for any parliament, let alone Australia’s notoriously rowdy chamber, as same-sex marriage was voted through almost unanimously.

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All Australians Can Marry

So pleased that our sisters and brothers Down Under can freely marry. Love is love.

Australia has voted Yes in a historic nationwide survey on same-sex marriage.

Almost 13 million Australians (79.5%) voted in the country’s non-binding postal ballot – a bigger turnout than in even the UK’s EU referendum.

The historic vote follows in the footsteps of Ireland by endorsing same-sex marriage in a national vote.

Australia now looks likely to become the 25th country in the world to introduce marriage for same-sex couples.

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Australia Votes Yes

I would be grateful if any of you who follow my blog are Australian and can explain what a postal vote is. This seems like positive news in a period of American history that is going backward rather than forward.

Australians have voted for marriage equality, according to a new poll.

The country is currently voting on whether marriage rights should be extended to same-sex couples in a non-binding postal vote.

Sky News Australia found major support for marriage equality in a new a poll of more than 5,000 Australians.

64% of respondents said they had already voted ‘yes’ to the proposal and sent their forms back.

The results suggest a landslide win for the pro-LGBT campaign, with just 15.5% of respondents saying they have sent back their votes for ‘no’.

Overall, the latest poll of 16 million Australian voters indicates a victory of 79% for the ‘yes’ campaign.
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‘Wear a Dress’ Fundraising Criticized by Aus. Senator

Yes. Let’s absolutely keep teaching our kids to be selfish assholes and never give a fuck about the rest of the world. That’s the way the 21st Century is heading, right?

A charity fundraiser encouraging primary school students to wear a dress has raised $75,000 for girls’ education in the developing world after the Australian Conservatives senator Cory Bernardi claimed it was an example of “gender morphing”.

Craigburn primary school’s Do It in a Dress appeal aimed to raise just $900 through gold coin donations but has blitzed its target after Bernardi complained on Twitter it was an “absurd” example of “gender morphing”.

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Australian Couple Votes No for Gay Marriage

I’m sorry, but I really don’t understand how there are any consequences to coming out. Least of all that they should be that we cannot get married nor have children. If marriage isn’t for you, FINE, but why should you take away another gay couple’s right to do what you don’t want to do? Do single straight women and men who are fine with staying single their whole life think that other straight people should not be married nor have children? If you do something bad in life, yes there should be consequences, but being a homosexual is NOT one of those bad things!!!

A gay Australian couple has said that they intend to vote against marriage equality in the upcoming postal vote.

The couple, Mark Poidevin and Ben Rogers, met 15 years ago on a website appropriately named ‘Gay.com’. They say it was love at first sight.

Despite their love, they will be voting against marriage equality, they told ABC Australia.

“I used to be a believer in same-sex marriage”, Poidevin explained.

He even proposed to his partner and was rejected, as Rogers said it is not his “cup of tea”. “At the time Ben said it wasn’t for him, that he didn’t believe in it, and I said, ‘When the laws change, would you like to?’”

However, Poidevin’s views soon began to align with his partners and now the prospect is nearing in the form of a postal survey, Poidevin will be voting no.

“There’s never been any discrimination with any of our families, or dramas coming our way because of our sexuality,” he said.

The couple believes that marriage can only be a heterosexual union.

Poidevin said: “When I first came out I think one of the consequences was giving up marriage and children and things like that.

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Breast Cancer Screening

It is important for ALL women to be screened for breast cancer. It doesn’t matter who is in your bed at night or if you’ve transitioned, you need to get it done. Yes it is uncomfortable – no matter what size your breasts are, so don’t buy into the lies of it’s worse for a small breasted woman – but it could save your life. Cancer does not discriminate one bit.

A new campaign featuring images of older lesbian, bisexual, and transgender women will help increase cancer screening rates, BreastScreen Victoria hopes.

The portraits of the women, taken by photographer Lisa White, will be displayed during Melbourne’s Midsumma Festival in January. The exhibit, Beautiful LGBTI Women, aims to challenge norms of femininity and perfection.

The exhibit is also part of a long-term strategy at BreastScreen Victoria to earn Rainbow Tick certification, using the portraits in advertising material to encourage more women from the LGBTI community to get screened.

The women in the photographs are aged from 26 to 76, but most fall into the 50 to 74 age group. Women in the latter demographic are advised to get screened every two years. Screening is not effective for women under 40.

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Emergency Plane Landing Due to Homophobe

This is just unbelievable. Should’ve just booted him out the plane without the landing part of this emergency.

A flight had to be diverted after the furious rant of a homophobic and misogynistic passenger, according to others onboard.

The US bound flight from Australia had to be diverted to Auckland, New Zealand, following the passenger’s furious rows aboard the flight.

According to the New Zealand Herald, the man was initially angry that he’d been placed in a middle seat.

He then escalated into a furious rant – spouting homophobic slurs and misogyny at anyone who engaged with him.

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New Christian Organisation Aims To Address Harm Done To LGBTI People

Of course it’s not here in the good ol’ USA.

The fledgling group Equal Voices, which currently comprises a steering committee of seven, will hold its inaugural AGM on January 30.

The group was formed by Christians concerned about the way LGBTI people are treated and perceived in the church.

Former High Court justice Michael Kirby will officially launch Equal Voices at Pitt Street Uniting Church, Sydney, in early April.

Spokesperson Natalie Cooper told BuzzFeed News that most of the people behind Equal Voices are lay people from “fairly conservative church backgrounds”.

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Bus drivers hand out anti-gay leaflets disguised as Christmas gifts

This is wrong on so many levels. Christians don’t like when other religions push their agenda on Christians, yet feel it’s perfectly valid for them to do it.

Parents have reacted angrily after their children came home with anti-same sex marriage leaflets – which had been disguised as Christmas presents.

The children were presented with golden envelopes when they boarded the bus home from school, assuming it was a kind gift from their driver.

A sticky note on the envelope read: “To the wonderful people who care for me everyday! Merry Christmas”.

However the kids and their parents were stunned to find a leaflet from anti-LGBT group Marriage Alliance inside the post.

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