Celebrations have begun in Australia’s Capital, Canberra, with the first same-sex couples legally married in Australia.
The Australian Capital Territory’s – ACT -Marriage Equality Law came into effect at midnight, and 40 couples are registered to get married over the weekend.
Australia’s national government however has challenged the validity of the laws, the High Court will rule on the law’s constitutional validity late next week. leaving open a five-day window for same-sex couples to get married.
West Australia Labor MP Stephen Dawson married his partner of 10 years this morning, just after midnight :: Read the full article »»»»
Around 150 medical practitioners from the group Doctors For The Family have signed a submission to the Senate inquiry into marriage equality opposing same-sex marriage. The group says it believes heterosexual marriage is healthier for children.
Doctors for the Family’s Lachlan Dunjey told ABC News Radio that the organisation is concerned about the health consequences for children of same-sex marriages.
“It’s well proven that children who grow up with a mother and a father in a biological mother and father family do better than children who don’t have the opportunity to grow up in that kind of family,” Dunjey said.
The organisations website is blunt about it’s beliefs, stating: There are many organisations in Australia and internationally that support marriage – the union of a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others – as the basis for family and a healthy society.
Doctors for the Family is a supporting medical organisation to highlight the health aspects of marriage and family and ensure a healthy future for our children.
Its purpose is to be a source of information and at times make representation to parliament or appropriate organisations to ensure policies that enhance and preserve the health and future of our nation :: Read the full article »»»»
President Obama has finally made it official, announcing that he supports same-sex marriage, reversing his longstanding opposition. In an interview with ABC News’ Robin Roberts, the president described his thought process as an “evolution” that led him to this decision, based on conversations with his staff members, openly gay and lesbian service members, and his wife and daughters.
“I have to tell you that over the course of several years as I have talked to friends and family and neighbors, when I think about members of my own staff who are in incredibly committed monogamous relationships, same-sex relationships, who are raising kids together; when I think about those soldiers or airmen or marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf and yet feel constrained, even now that ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ is gone, because they are not able to commit themselves in a marriage, at a certain point I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married,” Obama told Robin Roberts in an interview on ABC’sGood Morning America
The president stressed that this is a personal position, and that he still supports the concept of states’ deciding the issue on their own. But he said he’s confident that more Americans will grow comfortable with gays and lesbians getting married, citing his own daughters’ comfort with the concept.
So the big thing – globally – seems to be gay marriage, here in Australia Bob Katter is still pulling his foot from his mouth after bungling bigtime with those TV commercials. New York has said YES, Julia Gillard is on the fence. The Catholic Church is clearly not bending on it, the Presbyterian’s ordained their first gay minister in October 2011 and apparently US President Barack Obama is all for it…
x “I’ve got no clue what homos are planning to do with marriage once they’ve gotten the go-ahead, but considering the tan-creamed, Malibu-Barbie tumor we’ve let it become, they’ve got their work cut out for them” staff writer at vice magazine
OK, the dust has settled on the Queensland election, seems that Queenslander’s don’t take as much notice of Television Ads as Bob Katter had hoped . . .
Mr Katters Australian Party didn’t exactly get whitewashed, infact for a first-time-at-the-polls-party, they did admirably.
Katters Australian Party Polled a nudge over 11.5% of the state vote, half that of the outgoing ALP’s 26%
None of these dull numbers is actually what this post is about. A few weeks ago we ran Mr Katters Anti Gay Marriage TV ad (above), The youtube video went slightly ballistic, the comments however, are off the Richter! Read the full article »»»»