Melbournians rallied outside the Victorian State Library to show support for the Safe Schools program.
As we take necessary steps towards shedding discrimination in relation to marriage in Australia, we must also consider removing it from our legislation.
The well-co-ordinated Irish ‘yes’ campaign literally had its members knocking on doors throughout the country.
Putting a human rights issue to a national vote is a crude means of legalising same-sex marriage.
Malcolm Turnbull would be fully aware that an attempt to bind ministers on same-sex marriage would cause more trouble than it is worth.
Is it a problem that, according to Malcolm Turnbull, cabinet members would get a free vote on legislation enacting same-sex marriage after a successful plebiscite? If it is – and the logic suggests otherwise…
Managing the same-sex marriage issue could be extremely difficult for Malcolm Turnbull after the election.
The same-sex marriage debate, mostly at the margins of this campaign, has erupted between the parties and within the Liberals in a foretaste of the free-for-all a plebiscite would bring. Malcolm Turnbull…
Thursday’s vote will only be the third-ever UK-wide referendum.
How will the Brexit referendum work? And what distinguishes it from referendums that have been held in Australia?
In 2011 Malcolm Turnbull said federal Liberal Party members should be allowed to conduct a conscience vote on the issue of same-sex marriage.
Malcolm Turnbull says while the plebiscite on same-sex marriage was not his idea, Australians like it.
Ignoring homophobia makes it impossible to effectively combat it.
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For every advance in LGBT rights that is made in one part of the world, there are extreme regressions elsewhere.
The political culture of Australia, unlike the United States, frowns on explicit religiosity.
Not only is the Australian Christian Lobby losing relevance, it has had to appeal to Bill Shorten to pay attention to the group in the lead-up to the 2016 election.
Tony Abbott has been low key so far this election, spending much of his time campaigning in his own electorate, with some visits to MPs who invite him.
Both major parties have a platform that could ultimately facilitate same-sex marriage in Australia.
Experience in the US serves to highlight the potential long-term economic consequences if Australia fails to legalise same-sex marriage.
The future of senator Robert Simms, one of the freshest faces in the Greens team, may hang on whether he is first or second on his party's ticket.
Same-sex marriage and the Safe Schools programs have been debated in a ‘culture wars’ atmosphere of fear and anxiety.
There have been policy issues in recent Australian history considered too important for playing party politics. Sadly, those days are long gone.
LNP MP George Christensen has been vociferous in his opposition to the Safe Schools program.
The damaging polarisation around queer issues in Australian politics is out of step with community sentiment.
A 2010 meta-analysis of 33 studies found that children raised by same-sex parents fared just as well as other children.
There is no convincing evidence that same-sex relationships are less stable than heterosexual relationships, nor that they have a negative impact on the children raised within them.
Australia detains asylum seekers in a country that criminalises homosexuality.
Western leaders and activists should show humility and allow themselves to be guided by local organisations if they wish to be effective in promoting same-sex rights.
Scott Morrison said the same-sex marriage plebiscite vote would be compulsory.
Treasurer Scott Morrison has flagged the prospect of ministers campaigning on both sides in the same-sex marriage plebiscite – as happened in the republic referendum.
Attorney-General George Brandis predicts the prospective plebiscite on legalising same-sex marriage would be carried.
The government's fast timetable for a same-sex marriage plebiscite seems to strengthen the prospect of an election being held sooner rather than later.
A plebiscite on legalising same-sex marriage is bad policy that ought to be revisited.
Australian parliaments routinely legislate in respect of socially contentious issues without resorting to plebiscites or referenda.
Malcolm Turnbull can put his values into practice by calling on all members of his party to vote in favour of legalising same-sex marriage.
A vote on whether same-sex couples can get married is discriminatory because it applies a standard to them that does not apply to heterosexual couples.
Coalition senator Eric Abetz claims he and other Liberal MPs do not have to respect the result of a coming plebiscite on same-sex marriage.
It is easy to envisage a number of arguments that MPs might use in an attempt to justify ignoring the result of a same-sex marriage plebiscite and voting contrary to its result.