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.
Health insurance impacts decisions about contraception, marriage and more.
Once young women could access health insurance through their parents, they seemed to make very different decisions about contraception, abortion and marriage.
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.
Heart pierced by a rusty nail.
Fewer people are getting married. What gives?
If people want commodities like: love, company, doing tasks together, they are better off if marriage is permitted.
It's better for the economy for more people to be married because of productivity and efficiency gains. This whole framework doesn't require people to be of the same or different sex.
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Data show parents with daughters are slightly more likely to separate than those with sons, but the risk disappears where the fathers grew up with a sister.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Respect the people in any same-sex marriage debate, but you don’t have to respect their views.
Your ideas are not immune to criticism just because you express them with sincerity: people are worthy of respect, ideas are not.
The case for changing English marriage laws.
Does my BMI look big in this?
It puts an average 1.4kg on the weighing scales.
EMILY’s List helps elect pro-choice Democratic women candidates to office.
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Research shows that married women tend not to relate as much to other women. This makes a big difference when a woman is on the ballot.
In sickness and in health.
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Marriage has long been tied to better health. The first study of the relationship between marriage, health and quality of life for LGBT Americans affirms the benefits of marriage – with some caveats.
Women are increasingly the breadwinners of their families, a shift in domestic roles that has upsides and challenges.
Here's how we can make families work better for women in the 21st century.
At the match-making corner in Shanghai, education and hukou status are often explicitly stated on adverts.
The Chinese system of hukou makes 'inter-marriage' of people from urban and rural areas difficult.
Women in Ghana are under tremendous pressure to have children.
Infertility is tied to the instability of romantic relationships in Ghana.