Michelle Grattan and Nick Klomp discuss the week in Australian politics.
Trevor Evans, Trent Zimmerman and Tim Wilson congratulate Dean Smith following the second reading of his marriage bill.
Despite its dubious ancestry, the popular vote on same-sex marriage has done its job, delivering an overall majority and majorities in all states and territories.
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.
The UN committee urged Australia to end offshore processing and bring the men on Manus to Australia or another safe country.
The UN report findings show that concerns far outweigh any improvements in Australia's human rights record.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics says it’s on track to get all the papers out by September 25.
It's a rare example of direct democracy – albeit non-compulsory and conducted by mail.
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.
Ben Hall and Tim Draxl in Only Heaven Knows
Queer life thrived in 1940s Sydney despite policing and prohibition, as a new production of the musical Only Heaven Knows demonstrates. But it was not to last.
Contemporary Indonesia is heading down the path of conservative Sunni Islamism.
Recent events in Indonesia should dispel any doubt about the rising influence conservative Sunni Islamist sentiment is having on the country’s laws.
Education and awareness about gender identity and sexual orientation are crucial.
Many people use religion and culture as explanations for their homophobic attitudes.
A rainbow wreath laid by defence forces at a contemporary Anzac Day service.
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Until 1992, being a gay or lesbian soldier was illegal in Australia. New research is unearthing the heartbreaking stories of people who devoted their lives to the military but were discharged when their sexuality was exposed.
Teachers need support and education so they can discuss and promote sexuality equality.
Sexual equality should not be mere letters and words in laws. Rather, people - in this case student teachers - must understand sexual equality as a lived reality.
BIll Shorten has announced Labor will block legislation to set up a plebiscite on marriage equality.
It is inevitable that Australia will, in the not-too-distant future, allow two people to marry regardless of their gender. But which prime minister will get to claim this as their legacy?
Taking marriage equality to a plebiscite gives legitimacy to hatred and violence against the LGBTI community.
A bomb threat delivered to LGBTIQ radio station Joy FM this week highlights how divisive, dangerous and ugly the same-sex marriage plebiscite campaign could become.
Cathy Freeman was criticised for flying the Aboriginal flag at the 1994 Commonwealth Games but the same act at the Sydney 2000 Olympics was hailed as a moment of reconciliation.
Athletes are increasingly expected to be good role models. But we don’t usually expect them to sacrifice their chance of winning to help others.
LNP MP George Christensen has been vociferous in his opposition to the Safe Schools program.
The damaging polarisation around queer issues in Australian politics is out of step with community sentiment.
Australia detains asylum seekers in a country that criminalises homosexuality.
Western leaders and activists should show humility and allow themselves to be guided by local organisations if they wish to be effective in promoting same-sex rights.
While some conservatives worry about the Safe Schools program ‘turning’ kids gay, they in turn seem determined to turn queer kids straight.
The review of the Safe Schools program is yet another example of the misguided conservative anxiety that talking about homosexuality can "turn" children gay.
Don’t book the band just yet.
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A vote in favour of marriage equality in Northern Ireland was stymied by a mechanism designed to protect minorities.
People take to the street to celebrate the annulment of an anti-homosexuality law by Uganda’s constitutional court in Entebbe last year.The law was signed by the east African country’s President Yoweri Museveni earlier.
South Africa, whose constitution protects gay rights, is well positioned to defend the continent’s LGBTI citizens. But it is reluctant to take positions at odds with the majority of African states.
Persecution based on a person’s sexual orientation, gender identity or intersex variation is recognised as a legitimate ground for seeking refugee status.
It is estimated that there are 175 million LGBTI persons living in persecutory environments worldwide. Only around 2500 asylum claims founded on sexual orientation or gender identity are successful annually.