People celebrate the results of the same-sex marriage postal survey in Melbourne.
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Given that only 20 years ago Tasmania decriminalised male homosexuality, the same-sex marriage survey result represents an extraordinary change. But there is still work to be done.
Members of the original 1978 Sydney Mardi Gras in 2008. Older gays and lesbians grew up in more radical times, and some don’t support same-sex marriage.
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When it comes to same-sex marriage, there's a big gap in support between old and young gay men. Older gay men often see marriage as conservative, and fear marriage will create a "gold standard" for gay relationships.
Religious organisations have freedom under Australian law to practise their own doctrines and marriage rituals.
Even if secular law changes to allow same-sex couples to marry, churches are protected by religious freedom to choose who they will - or will not - marry.
In any non-compulsory poll, anything that deters people from voting is a concern.
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Most people have probably already made up their mind which way to vote in the same sex marriage postal survey. But the recent SMS campaign may distract some from even voting.
The same-sex marriage postal ballot forms have been posted to Australians on the electoral roll.
There is a strong and statistically significant association between respondents’ cognitive ability and their support for equal rights between same- and different-sex couples.
The ‘Yes’ campaign’s first ad focused on the evidential flaws with the ‘No’ campaign’s ads.
The history of widespread advocacy campaigns shows that the 'No' campaign has many unfair advantages in the marriage equality debate.
We don’t yet know why the High Court decided the way it did in upholding the validity of the postal vote.
To find the government's postal plebiscite on same-sex marriage valid, the High Court had to work through several quite technical constitutional and legal arguments.
Many of the studies on this question examine the outcomes for children in same-sex parented families where both parents are women.
Discussing his opposition to same-sex marriage, Liberal MP Kevin Andrews said children who are brought up with a mother and father are 'better off than those who are not'. Let's look at the research.
If marriage is to be redefined, substantial protections should be provided for conscientious objectors.
Conscience protections for those opposed to same-sex marriage should not be seen as excusing bigotry. Rather, it is a legitimate means of best promoting everyone’s welfare.
Increasing numbers of Australians agree with the notion of same-sex couples having the same rights as different-sex couples.
HILDA data reveal an overwhelming tide of support toward the rights of same-sex couples within Australian society.
Marriage is not an automatic right for anyone.
We need to get beyond hyperbole and half-truths from those both for and against marriage equality, and go back to basics.
Marriage equality supporters protesting outside the Tasmanian Liberal Party state council this week.
A 'No' result in the postal ballot would leave a running sore that would further reduce Malcolm Turnbull's diminished authority.
Community leaders will play a very important role in whipping votes for or against in the same-sex marriage plebiscite.
Social conservatism among many ethnic communities will be a key factor in deciding the result of the upcoming same-sex marriage survey.
Christians who call on the Bible to support their arguments against marriage equality are on shaky ground.
For Christian groups to claim the Bible speaks against same-sex marriage is simply a misreading of biblical values.
There are considerable mental health and wellbeing benefits conferred upon those in the fortunate position of being able to legally marry.
The majority of academic research is either non-committal or in favour of the benefits afforded by legalising same-sex marriage.
Canberra has asked for a national postal vote on marriage reform - could a sample survey be a better option?
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Australians will be asked to complete a voluntary, non-binding postal vote on marriage reform. Wouldn't it be easier - and cheaper - to do a sample survey instead?
Cory Bernardi’s views on same-sex marriage may be crude and ignorant, but the media are nonetheless obligated to report how he uses his power.
In the marriage equality debate as in any other, media outlets must balance the right to freedom of speech with the balance of evidence.
With the eligibility of the Nationals’ leadership under question, Malcolm Turnbull has had a nightmarish week.
Malcolm Turnbull is an optimist, or so he always tells us, and he'll be looking at how things could all work out for the best in the best of worlds.
Like its Tasmanian predecessor, the marriage plebiscite has been engineered by the leader’s intransigent opponents.
Malcolm Turnbull’s postal plebiscite on marriage equality is on the cusp of recreating the mistakes of Doug Lowe’s Tasmanian dams plebiscite.
Michelle Grattan and Nicholas Klomp discuss the week in politics.