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Marchers at a “traditional marriage” rally in Sydney’s Belmore Park on September 20, 2015. AAP/Richard Milnes

Is it OK to use the f-word in political protest?

The "Fuck Fred Nile" case highlights the absurdity of criminalising "fleeting expletives" while allowing speech that depicts homosexuality as abnormal, unnatural and sinful.
Mexico is in the midst of a public debate on gay marriage that has focused on ‘traditional family values’. Carlos Jasso/Reuters

Is Mexico ready for gay marriage?

A proposal last month to legalise gay marriage in Mexico caused widespread protests, defending "Catholic values" and the "traditional family." Deeper analysis reveals flaws in those arguments.
A bathroom in a Los Angeles school is marked for all genders. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Why trans rights nationwide are only a matter of time

New White House guidelines on sex discrimination have caused backlash in some states and school districts. But it won't last, according to researcher at UMass Amherst.
Malcolm Turnbull talks about the government’s new anti-online piracy measures, Zaky Mallah on Q&A, and much more. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Politics podcast: Malcolm Turnbull on Zaky Mallah and Q&A

Malcolm Turnbull.
Michelle Grattan talks to Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull about the government's new anti-online piracy measures, Zaky Mallah on ABC's Q&A, gay marriage and much more.
The sacrament of marriage that takes place in the eyes of God is a separate process from the state’s legal recognition of the coupling. Shutterstock/MNStudio

State view won’t change marriage in eyes of a man and woman’s God

The sacrament of marriage does not depend on the law, which exists only to regulate the rights and responsibilities arising from the practice. For religious believers, same-sex marriage won't change their union.
The claim that same-sex marriage harms children doesn’t stack up against the current evidence. Lopolo/Shutterstock

In families with same-sex parents, the kids are all right

A central argument made against same-sex marriage is that children born into these marriages will be disadvantaged: they will grow up with inappropriate gender role modelling and be bullied at school.
Lance Loud in a 1973 PBS publicity photo for An American Family. public domain

Homophobia just ain’t what it used to be

Outright homophobia has mostly moved from the mainstream of public discourse to its margins. For this, we can thank pioneers like Lance Loud of An American Family.
Bill Shorten’s gay marriage push has been described as ‘all about Bill’. AAP/Tracey Nearmy

Same-sex marriage heading to cross-party bill

Some pro-gay marriage Liberals might be railing against Bill Shorten's pre-emptive move but its effect has been to suddenly raise the prospect of common political ownership of the issue.
Jubilant scenes from Ireland’s ‘Yes’ cohort after a referendum victory that is echoing around the world. AAP/Aiden Crawley

Irish vote could be a green light for a social revolution worldwide

The impact of Ireland's affirmative vote on marriage equality is getting attention from all around the world. Will the result create a "social revolution" as some are suggesting?
Yes or No to equal marriage rights? Irish voters will have their say on Friday May 22, with the result due on Saturday. EPA/Aidan Crawley

Why Ireland’s marriage referendum could go right down to the wire

While Ireland's pro-marriage equality campaign is leading in the polls, the gap has narrowed ahead of Friday's vote. And history shows that Irish referendums can be far closer than the polls predict.

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