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Jubilant scenes from Ireland’s ‘Yes’ cohort after a referendum victory that is echoing around the world. AAP/Aiden Crawley

Irish vote could be a green light for a social revolution worldwide

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. EPA/Aidan Crawley

Why Ireland’s marriage referendum could go right down to the wire

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.
Tony Abbott’s sister Christine Forster believes the Liberal Party should look at moving to a conscience vote on gay marriage this year. AAP/Newzulu/Hugh Peterswald

Abbott’s sister urges Liberals to consider gay marriage conscience vote 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. Danielle

An ethical case for marriage equality in Australia

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?
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. Reuters/Luke MacGregor

Presbyterian Church (USA) decision expands the meaning and malleability of marriage

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

Cakegate: a story of the clash of religious freedom and gay rights

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. William Murphy/Flickr

The battle for middle Ireland and Australia over marriage equality

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.
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…
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. 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…

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