Same-sex marriage passes the Australia’s Senate 43 to 12

Same-sex marriage passes the Australia’s Senate 43 to 12

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[ad_1] Last updated 00:00, November 30 2017 There have been cheers and hugs as the same-sex marriage bill passes the Senate with an overwhelming majority. A bill to legalise same-sex marriage passed the Senate on Wednesday in a historic moment in Australian politics, setting up a final vote in the House of Representatives next week.The bill breezed through 43 votes to 12, and the moment was met with a standing ovation in the packed public and parliamentary galleries. Senators from various parties hugged each other and cried following the vote, with some declaring it the proudest day in their parliamentary careers. ALEX ELLINGHAUSEN Australian Labor's Penny Wong claps after the same-sex marriage bill passed the Senate on Wednesday. "This is the Senate's day," Liberal senator Dean Smith said shortly after. "This is a demonstration that…
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Aus MP Bob Katter’s bizarre mood swing at press conference on same-sex marriage debate

Aus MP Bob Katter’s bizarre mood swing at press conference on same-sex marriage debate

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[ad_1] Last updated 18:51, November 20 2017 ALEX ELLINGHAUSEN Independent MP Bob Katter responded oddly to a question about same-sex marriage. Australia learned the outcome of the same-sex marriage vote last week, but a memorable reaction from a veteran MP is only now gaining traction.Bob Katter, a same-sex marriage opponent who once claimed gay people did not live in his Queensland electorate, shared his view on marriage equality during a press conference.The interview aired on Australian current affairs panel show Insiders on Sunday. Katter, with a grin and a chuckle said people were "entitled to their sexual proclivities".READ MORE:* ​Party leader under fire for anti-gay ad* Same-sex marriage anthem top of Australian charts* Calls for crocodile shooting safaris after Kiwi expat taken"Let there be a thousand blossoms bloom, as far as I'm concerned," he said.…
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NZ’s same-sex marriage bill helped me come out

NZ’s same-sex marriage bill helped me come out

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[ad_1] READER REPORT: KATE R Last updated 16:54, November 17 2017 UNSPLASH I don't think I would have had the confidence to be open about my orientation before the law change. (File photo) I remember it clearly - the moment New Zealand's queer population were given the right to get married.I sat on my bed watching the live stream at parliament as the Marriage Amendment Bill was being passed through its final reading.I felt nervous and excited while waiting for the results. I was deeply hoping for a yes. Your thoughts on same-sex marriage Share your stories, photos and videos. Some sort of gleeful shout escaped my mouth when it was passed. The same noise erupted from my flatmate - I knew she was a supporter too. It turned out she had…
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Aussie couple, married in Bay of Plenty, celebrate same-sex marriage vote

Aussie couple, married in Bay of Plenty, celebrate same-sex marriage vote

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[ad_1] Tara and Sarah Whitchelo live in Australia, met in Australia, work in Australia and fell in love in Australia. But they could not marry there. Eighteen months after their Tauranga wedding, change is finally afoot in the country where they made a home as wife and wife. On Tuesday the results of Australia's A$122 million postal survey on whether same-sex couples should have the right to marry were revealed. The Whitchelos, both 27, nervously watched the results announcement together in their Seaford, Victoria home. From 12.7 million votes, a majority - 61.6 per cent - were in favour of allowing same-sex marriages. "It was a day full of tears, laughter, lots of hugs and kisses and pure joy once we heard the vote was 'yes'," Sarah said. They celebrated…
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