|The Australian Capital Territory (kinds like DC in the States) has become the first Australian state or territory to legislate for marriage equality.
This achievement in Canberra shows accelerating momentum in Australia despite the election of a government firmly opposed to equality. In recent month we have increased the support for marriage equality across all demographics through education and personal stories,
Before the end of 2013, we can realistically expect to see Tasmania and New South Wales debating (and hopefully passing) legislation as well.
Celebrate today’s achievement in the A.C.T., our first territory in Australia, by donating to help us achieve reform more broadly. By donating whatever you can afford to the Win Equality Fund, you’ll help achieve marriage in more states and help us convince Tony Abbott to allow a conscience vote so we can achieve marriage equality federally.
This is great news. Cross-party parliamentary inquiry in Australia’s most populated state New South Wales (Sydney is the capital), clears the way for the state to introduce marriage equality.
The Australian Capital Territory (not one of the six states, more like D.C. in the US) had its previous law for equality in 2004 over-turned by the then conservative national government, scaring states away from following their lead.
So this report from NSW, with tacit support from by the conservative/liberal Premier of NSW, is big news from Australia.
All eyes now on Penny Sharpe from the Labor party who will move the bill forward in 2014.
Fantastic news that bi-national married couples in the US, (or those separated from each other because of the now-ended Defensive of Marriage Act), are starting to be made legal!
See here for more details: http://purpleunions.com/blog/2013/06/usa-florida-binational-gay-couple-gets-first-green-card.html
Great news here via Gay Star News, with thanks also to Joe. My. God
Lu Zhong and Liu Wangqiang, 24 and 20 respectively, wowed their hometown of Ningde on Tuesday (2 Oct), a day after the national day, as their cascade of wedding cars paraded the city’s roads and parks and showcased their love.
** WATCH THE VIDEO HERE **
With the newly-weds attracting as many as 1000 onlookers, according to the West Strait Morning Post, Liu Hua-sheng, a well-wishing taxi driver described the scene as being “grander than the Chinese New Year.”
The Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard will no longer be speaking at the upcoming Australian Christian Lobby conference, after ACL’s Jim Wallace said yesterday that “smoking is healthier than gay marriage”.
This is a great new UK campaign.
I can’t think of a better way to announce that I am coming back to blog again after a year of drowning in work and kissing a relationship goodbye. Time to start getting back to my passions! Starting with all of you
I don’t know about you but I am sending my thanks to Michelle tonight!
Today, President Obama of the US, most powerful person on the planet, agreed that all couples should have the right to marry.
Like so many others who have made this journey – from Bill Clinton to Laura Bush, most recently Vice President Biden, and a majority of the American people – President Obama has come to know loving and committed gay couples.
It’s telling these personal stories that makes the most differernce, and that has always beethe philosophy of this blog.
The President’s announcement of support today marks a historic turning point for our freedom to marry movement.
Yet there is much left to be done. Forty-four American states and 200 countries globally continue to exclude same-sex couples from marriage.