In the US and Ireland there have been headline court cases of bakers refusing to make cakes for same-sex weddings.
As the US example shows, freedom of religion should not be allowed to morph into the right to discriminate.
Malcolm Turnbull during a tour of the University of Tasmania.
Is Malcolm Turnbull at risk of finding himself in a similar situation to Julia Gillard, with a disillusioned public settling into a negative view that transcends achievements of the moment?
Monday's government-Labor meeting over the proposed same-sex marriage plebiscite ended in a stalemate.
In 2015 Ireland became the first country to introduce marriage equality by way of national referendum.
Many in Australia look to the use of the referendum in Ireland as an example of how its marriage equality debate might be resolved. But what worked well in Ireland might be very damaging in Australia.
Nothing was achieved in a Monday meeting between the government and Labor on the same-sex marriage plebiscite.
We have reached the point of absurdity. Neither the government nor Labor can or wants to compromise on the same-sex marriage plebiscite. Yet they continue the charade. Nothing was achieved by or at Monday’s…
Heterosexual couples who believe in marriage equality, and the civil celebrants who marry them, are using wedding ceremonies to protest marriage law in Australia.
Given the ubiquity of civil marriage and support for marriage equality, how do heterosexual brides and grooms who support marriage equality manage legal requirements at their weddings?
Fiona Nash said she understood the suicide rate in Ireland went down during the referendum to legalise same-sex marriage.
Regardless of whether the suicide rate went down, it is far too blunt an instrument to measure the potential distress same-sex marriage debates cause for those in the LGBTI community.
Supporters carry a banner during a rally for marriage equality held in Sydney.
More than two-thirds of voters oppose the government's decision to give public funding to the yes and no campaigns in a plebiscite on same-sex marriage, according to an Essential poll.
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Ken Hammond, US Department of Agriculture
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Malcolm Turnbull introduced a bill for a same-sex marriage plebiscite to parliament on Wednesday.
We don’t have to love a process like a plebiscite, or think it ideal, to make the most of it.
in Australia, marriage is regulated by the state, not the church.
The role of religion in marriage has been distorted, helping the 'no' case for same-sex marriage to attract more attention than it deserves.
Bill Shorten will miss two days of parliament this week for meetings in Canada and the US.
Bill Shorten has now signalled he will kill the same-sex marriage plebiscite, but he seems determined to make it a slow death. As Shorten departed on Wednesday for Canada and the United States, Labor sources…
The government has introduced a bill into the parliament that provides the details and mechanics of the proposed plebiscite on same-sex marriage.
While Australians finally have some detail of the proposed plebiscite on same-sex marriage, there is no guarantee that the question will be put to the people on February 11 next year.
George Brandis called on Bill Shorten ‘to get out of the way’ to allow the plebiscite bill passage through the Senate.
The government's proposed marriage plebiscite has been delivered a fresh blow with openly gay Liberal senator Dean Smith declaring he will not vote for it.
The LGBTI community fears the nastiness a plebiscite on marriage equality could bring forth.
The push for marriage equality is not just about walking down the aisle in matching outfits; it's become a potent symbol of equality and acceptance.
Tanya Plibersek and Bill Shorten in the lower house after introducing a same-sex marriage bill on Monday.
Public funding will further reduce the prospect of a marriage plebiscite being held.
The Senate chamber looking bare during parliamentary business on Monday.
The Turnbull government was caught out by not having any legislation for the Senate to consider.
At the end of the first sitting week of parliament, Labor caught the government flat-footed and without a majority in the House of Representatives.
In the first sitting of the new parliament, conservatives within the government have muscled a proposed amendment to the Racial Discrimination Act onto the agenda.
Free speech on an issue is a constructive idea, providing it is practised with responsibility.
Freedom of speech does not mean you can say anything to anyone, regardless of the damage it does – an important consideration in the debate over a same-sex marriage plebiscite.