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Australia’s Capital Celebrates First Same-sex Marriages

Posted: December 7th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Favorite New Thought . . ., From The Web | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Australia’s Capital Celebrates First Same-sex Marriages

Australia's Capital Celebrates first Same-sex MarriagesCelebrations 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 »»»»

Australian Doctors Weigh Into Same-sex Marriage Debate

Posted: May 15th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Hard Pill to Swallow | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Australian Doctors Weigh Into Same-sex Marriage Debate

Australian Doctors Weigh Into Same-sex Marriage Debate - Rodolfo BuhrerAround 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 »»»»

US President Barack Obama Backs Gay Marriage

Posted: May 11th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Hard Pill to Swallow, LBGT!, News Update! | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on US President Barack Obama Backs Gay Marriage

US President Barack Obama Backs Gay MarriagePresident 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’s Good 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.

Obama’s decision to come out in support of same-sex marriage has sparked a Twitter frenzy :: Read the full article »»»»

UPDATED: Bob Katters Big Gay Brother

Posted: March 12th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Hard Pill to Swallow, News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on UPDATED: Bob Katters Big Gay Brother

Bob Katters Big Gay Brother

Australian right-wing politician Bob Katter’s gay half-brother Carl Katter has condemned the Federal MP for an advertising campaign attacking gay marriage. Katter’s Australian Party launched television commercials last night to put pressure on Queensland Liberal National Party leader Campbell Newman, who supports gay marriage.

The TV ad features a colour photo of a smiling nuclear family followed by a black-and-white image of an older man and younger man holding each other, with repeated grabs of Mr Newman saying: “I support gay marriage.”

Carl Katter says he finds the ads offensive. He said that he initially thought the ads were fake, a joke. He said he was more concerned about the damage that they can facilitate in regional areas for gay and lesbian youth.  “But I mean it’s also a great indication that this fledgling party are trying desperately to steal the conservative vote, but I think it’s going to backfire.” Read the full article »»»»