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Tomodachi Life: make friends, fall in love but stay straight. Tomodachi Life: make friends, fall in love but stay straight. BagoGames

Nintendo can’t take the gay out of gaming without a fight

Nintendo is facing a storm of criticism over its decision not to allow gamers to play as gay characters and form same-sex relationships in the life-simulation game Tomodachi Life. There has been disquiet…
Still not the whole cake. Still not the whole cake. Anthony Upton/PA

For all our recent advances, are we really wedded to gay rights?

For British gay rights campaigners, 2014 is becoming a year to remember. England and Wales will join the small club of nations that allow same-sex couples to marry; meanwhile, the Sochi winter Olympics…
Uganda is among 76 countries in the world - and 41 Commonwealth states - that criminalise homosexuality. Should Australia get involved? Uganda is among 76 countries in the world - and 41 Commonwealth states - that criminalise homosexuality. Should Australia get involved? EPA/Dai Kurokawa.

Decriminalising homosexuality worldwide: should Australia get involved?

In Australia, there is an ongoing debate around the right for same-sex couples to marry. The majority of laws discriminating against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people were repealed in…
Marriage equality is one step closer in the US. Marriage equality is one step closer in the US. vpickering

A day of dignity for the US as Supreme Court defeats DOMA

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court of the United States struck down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act. The ruling allows the federal government to recognise same-sex marriage, granting gay couples…
For opponents of same-sex unions, gay marriage and gay parenting are one and the same issue. For opponents of same-sex unions, gay marriage and gay parenting are one and the same issue. EPA/Etienne Laurent

Liberte, egalite, fraternite? France and the gay marriage debate

The French love a good street protest, to the point where it could be thought of as a national sport. And there has been no shortage of people on French streets making their views felt recently. But there…
Legalise love: New Zealand approved same-sex legislation in a midst of celebrations. Legalise love: New Zealand approved same-sex legislation in a midst of celebrations. NZN David Williams

Aye do! France and New Zealand respond to same-sex marriage

The issue of same-sex marriage in Australia is again part of the national debate, after Independent MP Tony Windsor announced he was in support of a referendum on the question to be held in parallel with…
Tony Abbott has softened his stance on gay marriage. Tony Abbott has softened his stance on gay marriage. AAP/Paul Miller

Abbott signals shift on gay marriage

Tony Abbott has made an important shift in the Liberal position on gay marriage. In another step on the road to a likely eventual change in the Australian law, Abbott now says the policy on the issue will…
A recent social media campaign for gay marriage has been criticised as ‘slacktivism’ and spawned a number of spin-offs. A recent social media campaign for gay marriage has been criticised as ‘slacktivism’ and spawned a number of spin-offs. Amanda B/Know Your Meme

‘Slacktivism’ vs ‘snarktivism’: how do you take your online activism?

Debate over the value of online activism has risen again in the wake of the highly visible Human Rights Campaign marriage equality campaign, which urged Facebook users to replace their profile photographs…
Tasmania’s leadership on marriage equality is a good example of how distorted preconceptions about Tasmania obscure reality. Tasmania’s leadership on marriage equality is a good example of how distorted preconceptions about Tasmania obscure reality. Tasmanians United for Marriage Equality

Churning the mud: Tasmania’s fertile ground for legal and social reform

Is Tasmania at a tipping point? Over the past two weeks The Conversation, in conjunction with Griffith REVIEW and the University of Tasmania, has published a series of provocations. Our authors ask where…
Obama wove the story of gay rights into the language of America’s founding fathers during his inauguration speech. Obama wove the story of gay rights into the language of America’s founding fathers during his inauguration speech. EPA/Shawn Thew

Obama inauguration speech: a historic moment for gay and lesbian equality

Much has been made of the fact President Obama became the first president to mention the word gay in an inaugural address. But the significance lies not in what he said but how he said it. In declaring…
A supporter of same-sex marriage holds a flag depicting two wedding bands outside Washington’s Supreme Court. A supporter of same-sex marriage holds a flag depicting two wedding bands outside Washington’s Supreme Court. EPA/Michael Reynolds

US Supreme Court wades into same-sex marriage debate

The United States Supreme Court has a history of playing a pivotal role in emotive cultural debates including, for example, abortion (Roe v Wade), racial segregation (Brown v Board of Education) and the…
Gay marriage advocates in Australia would have watched last week’s US elections results with interest. Gay marriage advocates in Australia would have watched last week’s US elections results with interest. AAP/Dean Lewins

The same-sex marriage implications for Australia from the US election and abroad

The main stories coming out of the recent elections in the United States have of course been that Barack Obama won a second term, and which party controls the House and the Senate. However, the election…
After inflammatory comments by Liberal MP Cory Bernardi, tensions ran high in parliament about the issue of marriage equality. After inflammatory comments by Liberal MP Cory Bernardi, tensions ran high in parliament about the issue of marriage equality. AAP

The flawed logic of Bernardi’s slippery slope – why not marry a corporation?

Having characterised advocacy for same-sex marriage as part of an attack on “our enduring institutions”, Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi has warned that recognising same sex relationships through marriage…
Cory Bernardi making his now infamous comments on gay marriage in the Australian Senate last night. Cory Bernardi making his now infamous comments on gay marriage in the Australian Senate last night. ABC News

Bernardi slips down the political slope with bestial comments on marriage

South Australian Senator Cory Bernardi’s comments about gay marriage have caused an uproar. Today he was forced to step down from his position as parliamentary secretary to Tony Abbott. But are they representative…
A JC Penny ad in the USA depicting a gay couple with children. A JC Penny ad in the USA depicting a gay couple with children. flickr/Freedom to Marry

Marriage is best for raising children … that’s why we need marriage equality

The Sydney Morning Herald recently published an opinion piece by Patrick Parkinson titled About time we all cared more about marriage, in which he argued that allowing same-sex couples to marry will diminish…
It’s not time to break out the confetti yet; Tasmania faces legal hurdles before it can allow same-sex marriage. It’s not time to break out the confetti yet; Tasmania faces legal hurdles before it can allow same-sex marriage. AAP/Tracey Nearmy

Explainer: can Tasmania legalise same-sex marriage?

Does the Tasmanian Parliament have the power to pass a law permitting same-sex marriage? The short answer is yes. But the more difficult question is whether that law will be effective or whether it will…
Joyous photos such as this one of Phyllis Siegel, 76, right, and Connie Kopelov, 84, marrying in New York could soon flood out of Tasmania. Joyous photos such as this one of Phyllis Siegel, 76, right, and Connie Kopelov, 84, marrying in New York could soon flood out of Tasmania. EPA/Michael Appleton

Tasmanian same-sex marriage push makes an honest nation of Australia

I personally experienced the full necessity for marriage equality only recently. In the sunny town of Lamego, Portugal, my dear friend Nina was married to her beloved Marcos. She was the first of my friends…
Being counted in the census for the first time is a milestone for gay and lesbian couples everywhere. Being counted in the census for the first time is a milestone for gay and lesbian couples everywhere. multi.phrenic

Same-sex couples counted in the census … but some stay hidden

AUSTRALIA BY NUMBERS: The Australian Bureau of Statistics has released the first batch of its 2011 census data. We’ve asked some of the country’s top demographers and statisticians to crunch the numbers…
Gamers can choose to play a gay character in Mass Effect 3. Gamers can choose to play a gay character in Mass Effect 3. BioWare

The rise of the gaymer: why videogames are coming out of the closet

It may seem surprising, but the number of queer characters in videogames has increased dramatically over the last decade. A key influence of this is “media convergence”, that is, the flow of subject matter…
Sydney protesters rally for marriage equality (March 2012). Sydney protesters rally for marriage equality (March 2012).

Marriage equality and same-sex parenting in Australia

A group of 150 doctors, called Doctors for the Family, have made a submission to the Senate inquiry into gay marriage which argues that children of same-sex parents suffer poorer health and well-being…
Gay couples in Canberra earlier this year to discuss gay marriage with the Prime Minister. Gay couples in Canberra earlier this year to discuss gay marriage with the Prime Minister. AAP

Doctors for the Family see some Australians as more equal than others

George Orwell’s mordant satire of politics and bureaucratic doublespeak famously featured the slogan that “all animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others”. Watching the brouhaha about…
Doctors for the Family’s claims aren’t based on scientific evidence. Doctors for the Family’s claims aren’t based on scientific evidence. flickr/Poes In Boots

Don’t believe the hype: kids with same-sex parents are well adjusted

“[T]he evidence is clear that children who grow up in a family with a mother and a father do better in all parameters than children without.” That’s according to the Doctors for the Family’s submission…
Kennett and Obama have been swept away by the tide of public opinion. Kennett and Obama have been swept away by the tide of public opinion. AAP/Joe Catro/EPA/Kevin Dietsch

Strange bedfellows? Obama and Kennett have a change of heart on gay marriage

Clearly, there is something in the international waters, when, within the space of a few months, both the leader of the free world, Barack Obama, and the Chairperson of beyondblue, Jeff Kennett, declare…
Barack Obama has sent a message to same-sex attracted people everywhere: “I’m in your corner”. Barack Obama has sent a message to same-sex attracted people everywhere: “I’m in your corner”. ABC News

Barack speaks out on gay marriage … Julia, are you listening?

This morning my phone woke me earlier than usual with a text from one of my sons, who regularly taps into American politics in the middle of the night. “Obama has come out for gay marriage – how about…
Modern professionals have an opportunity to undo some of the hardships created by pathologizing same-sex attraction. Modern professionals have an opportunity to undo some of the hardships created by pathologizing same-sex attraction. stigeredoo

From homophobia to homophilia: the future face of medicine

Homophilia, a term once used to define “unnatural” relations between same-sex people in the early- to mid-20th century has been given a makeover. Urban gay communities around the world are using homophilia…
Senator for South Australia Cory Bernardi has attracted controversy with some of his right wing views. Senator for South Australia Cory Bernardi has attracted controversy with some of his right wing views. www.corybernardi.com

In Conversation: Senator Cory Bernardi

Welcome to our In Conversation between Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi and Dr Timothy Lynch, lecturer in American politics at Melbourne University. Since being appointed to the Senate in 2006, the Senator…

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