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The bans on gay marriage in 13 states across America have been ruled unconstitutional.
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.
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.
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.
University of Canberra Director of the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis Mark Evans and Michelle Grattan discuss the week in politics.
Lance Loud in a 1973 PBS publicity photo for An American Family.
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’.
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.
Plato’s Symposium in an 1873 painting
A Supreme Court justice hearing arguments over same-sex marriage cited Plato's stance on homosexuality. But what did Plato really believe about all sexuality? A scholar takes a look.
Jubilant scenes from Ireland’s ‘Yes’ cohort after a referendum victory that is echoing around the world.
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.
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.
Temple Bar says YES.
Everything you need to know about the same sex marriage referendum.
A man waves a gay rights flag in front of the Supreme Court building.
Public opinion may play a role in the Supreme Court's upcoming decision on gay marriage but it will likely be in an unexpected way.
Oh say can you see…
America's highest court is hearing arguments on gay marriage for what could be the last time. But both camps claim to have common sense on their side.
Tony Abbott’s sister Christine Forster believes the Liberal Party should look at moving to a conscience vote on gay marriage this year.
As Labor steps up its internal debate on whether its MPs should be "bound" on a vote for marriage equality, Tony Abbott's gay sister Christine Forster believes that would "certainly improve the numbers" to pass the reform.
The institute of marriage can only be made stronger by recognising all marriages.
Little progress has been made on debates about marriage equality in Australia – even though a majority of the population is in favour of it. How might ethical frameworks help us better understand the issues?
Russia won’t like this.
Finland is to become the last Nordic country to legalise same-sex marriage. And Russia isn't going to like it.
Peter McGraith and David Cabreza were one of the first same-sex couples to marry in the UK.
Marriage is a big step forward for the UK's gay, lesbian and bisexual people – but there's plenty more to be done to improve their lives.
Gay couple Andrew Wale (on right) and Neil Allard hold hold each other as they are interviewed by the media after marrying in the first same-sex wedding at the Royal Pavilion in Brighton, southern England March 29, 2014.
The Presbyterian Church (USA) vote to allow gay marriage will have multiple consequences now and in decades to come.
Massachusetts couple Marcia Hams and her partner Susan Shepard had a cake to celebrate their historic first same-sex wedding in 2004, but some bakers feel unable to oblige on religious grounds.
EPA C.J. Gunther
When a baker refuses, on religious grounds, to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, the right to freedom of religion comes into conflict with the right to freedom from discrimination.
The march towards equal marriage rights in Ireland is well ahead of Australia, yet the level of public support in each nation is remarkably similar.
Support for equal marriage rights in Ireland and Australia is remarkably similar: 71% in Ireland and 72% in Australia. The key difference is that Australian politicians are choosing not to listen.
Liberal Democrat David Leyonhjelm will introduce gay marriage legislation into the Senate.
Liberal Democrats' senator David Leyonhjelm has threatened to trade his vote on temporary protection visas or other legislation…