De facto couples still often have to go to great lengths to prove their relationship, unlike married couples, who need only furnish a marriage certificate.
Tony Abbott has claimed that same-sex de facto couples already have the same rights as married couples. This is not true.
John Howard wants the government to lay out protections on religious freedoms and rights ahead of the same-sex marriage vote.
In the same-sex marriage battle, Malcolm Turnbull finds himself fighting two former Liberal prime ministers, while somewhat uncomfortably aligned with an aspiring Labor one. Just as in the republic referendum…
Michelle Grattan speaks to Deep Saini about the week in Australian politics.
The ‘Yes’ campaign’s first ad focused on the evidential flaws with the ‘No’ campaign’s ads.
The history of widespread advocacy campaigns shows that the 'No' campaign has many unfair advantages in the marriage equality debate.
Mathias Cormann gave an assurance that there would be a bias towards freedom of speech.
The safeguards bill will be introduced on Wednesday and passed before parliament rises on Thursday.
We don’t yet know why the High Court decided the way it did in upholding the validity of the postal vote.
To find the government's postal plebiscite on same-sex marriage valid, the High Court had to work through several quite technical constitutional and legal arguments.
Malcolm Turnbull received the result via a text during question time.
The seven judges were unanimous, and costs were awarded against those that brought the challenges.
Many of the studies on this question examine the outcomes for children in same-sex parented families where both parents are women.
Discussing his opposition to same-sex marriage, Liberal MP Kevin Andrews said children who are brought up with a mother and father are 'better off than those who are not'. Let's look at the research.
Politics podcast: Nick Xenophon on media reform.
Nick Xenophon's position on contentious legislation – currently media reform – is crucial for the government.
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.
Increasing numbers of Australians agree with the notion of same-sex couples having the same rights as different-sex couples.
HILDA data reveal an overwhelming tide of support toward the rights of same-sex couples within Australian society.
More than 16 million people are eligible to vote in the voluntary survey.
Between August 8 and 24 the AEC dealt with 933,592 enrolment transactions, 87% of which were changes or updates.
Hailed as “Mother of the Emperor”, Danelis goes to Constantinople to meet with Emperor Basil I.
The medieval Byzantine Empire might hold some lessons about tolerance and same-sex marriage.
In Australia, same-sex attracted young people are six times more likely to have suicidal thoughts than their heterosexual peers.
Same-sex attracted people have poorer mental health than their heterosexual peers, but In jurisdictions that have legalised same-sex marriage, the gap between the two is much smaller.
Community leaders will play a very important role in whipping votes for or against in the same-sex marriage plebiscite.
Social conservatism among many ethnic communities will be a key factor in deciding the result of the upcoming same-sex marriage survey.
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.
Politics Podcast: Mathias Cormann on the same-sex marriage postal survey.
Since announcing that the ABS would be responsible for carrying out the same-sex marriage postal survey, Mathias Cormann has had no shortage of questions.
Malcolm Turnbull’s net satisfaction rating plunged from minus 12 to minus 20 in the poll.
The latest Newspoll contains encouraging news for the 'yes' case in the postal ballot on same-sex marriage.
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.
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?