The two couples challenging Northern Ireland’s ban on same-sex marriage, leaving the High Court in Belfast.
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A judge in Belfast has dismissed a challenge to Northern Ireland's ban on same-sex marriage citing it as a 'social policy' issue.
Michelle Grattan and Deep Saini discuss the week in politics.
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.
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.
Wunderbar: same-sex marriage gets approval in Germany.
Two new laws have grappled with ideas of diversity and the traditional family in Germany.
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.
Politics podcast: Derryn Hinch on surviving the senate.
After spending a year immersed in the parliamentary machine, broadcaster-turned-senator Derryn Hinch is keen to see a more efficient Senate.
Bill Shorten has promised an all-out effort to promote a yes vote, while continuing to attack the ballot.
While Bill Shorten has little at risk, his campaigning on same-sex marriage could come to Malcolm Turnbull's aid.
For the ABS, even the basic task of sending out ballot papers will not be straightforward.
The key question in a legal challenge to the 'postal plebiscite' is whether information about Australians’ opinions on same-sex marriage constitutes 'statistical information'.
Christine Forster and her partner Virginia plan to marry.
Tony Abbott, who resoundingly won an election being “Dr No”, will bring all his formidable attack skills to trying to kill the push to change the definition of marriage. In a pitch that sees him lined…
Throughout Australian history, previous parliaments have changed the legal understanding of marriage – none needed a plebiscite.
The government seems determined to give voters a voice on marriage equality, and equally determined not to be bound by what those voters say.
This is a potent slogan, although there is a deeply conservative undertone to the idea that love always requires marriage.
The marriage equality movement could still back the plebiscite on condition that its results are binding.
The University of Canberra’s Deep Saini and Michelle Grattan discuss the week in politics.
Politics podcast: Tiernan Brady on same-sex marriage showdown.
Tiernan Brady, a leader of the successful 'Yes' campaign on same-sex marriage in Ireland, has been working with activists in Australia to get marriage equality over the line.
There is a big question over whether Malcolm Turnbull can keep control of the same-sex marriage debate.
Just like Tony Abbott in 2015, Malcolm Turnbull is heading into a perfect storm on same-sex marriage. And as it was for Abbott, it has the potential to be very dangerous for him. There is a big question…
Peter Dutton is working on the assumption that same-sex marriage will be dealt with in this parliamentary term.
Cabinet minister Peter Dutton has strongly renewed his push to have same-sex marriage settled this term via a postal vote on the issue.
Tony Abbott has made the most of media opportunities this week to push his agenda.
Tony Abbott has thrown further fuel on the fire of anger against Christopher Pyne over his outburst of factional hubris, as the Liberals’ internal war rages. Abbott on Wednesday said he could “understand…
Malcolm Turnbull is firm in his belief that his party is one of harmony and robust discussion. But Tony Abbott seems to have other ideas.
Tony Abbott's second major public intervention this week prompted a radio interviewer to ask Malcolm Turnbull whether his leadership was under threat.