Over 3/4 of Australians oppose a plebiscite on their right to marry, a new survey has found. The latest poll from a group campaigning against the government's decision to hold plebiscite shows 36% of respondents support a popular vote on same-sex marriage when asked to consider their own right to marry.
60% of Australians now support gay marriage according to the latest Nielsen poll published in July 2016. The poll, published in Fairfax newspapers, found nearly 60% of people support same-sex marriage, with 37 per cent against.
November 15, 2018 is the one-year anniversary of Australians voting “yes” to marriage equality. The survey was an unprecedented two-month exercise in engaging with current Australian community values around sexuality and relationships.
Australians have voted just as expected! 61.6% of voters said YES in the marriage equality postal survey. 79.5% of eligible Australians returned their postal surveys. The Equality Campaign has described the YES result as a “historic milestone for Australians and a victory for equality and fairness” that sends a powerful message to Federal Parliament to legislate for marriage equality now.
'Australia Won’t Blindly Follow U.S. To Equal Marriage, It’s Not Like A War' says Tony Abbott. The Australian Government has declared it is not compelled by the Supreme Court ruling on equal marriage and will not blindly follow the United States into social reforms like they were some kind of war in the Middle East.
"We hear a lot about marriage equality, but what about equality for kids?" a woman says in the ad. Broadcaster SBS has pulled the Australian Marriage Forum's anti same-sex marriage television advertisement from their Sunday night telecast of the 37th Sydney Mardi Gras.
Posing on the cover of our very own CityNews paper, Christan couple and local Canberran's Sarah and Nick Jensen want all you same-sex 'gay' marriage lovers out there to know you're about to ruin a perfectly good marriage. If same-sex marriage passes they say they will be forced to divorce!
Raising just over $1400 for Australian Marriage Equality. Dress in rainbow colours, 73 people enjoyed a morning of five gloriously tea infused at EqualiTEA.
Scott Morrison expects the fight for marriage equality in Australia to come to a permanent end if a nationwide vote on the issue fails.
However, when it comes to fighting for equality, we are in good company. In the past, many people have had to fight hard for their basic human rights: women and indigenous people just to name a couple. It also appears that it is always the same type of people (with the same old tired arguments) who often oppose equality and freedom. I wonder how much better the world would be without these fear-filled individuals.
There is a definite pattern here — but the news is good because, as history has demonstrated, it’s only a matter of time before common sense prevails and we also receive true equality. I’m excited about the inevitable but I suppose I just wish it was not so damn hard to convince some people of the bloody obvious.
On this topic, we have two great articles this issue: ‘Should We React to the Far Right?’ by Simon Copland and ‘Driving for Social Change’ by ACT Deputy Chief Minister, Andrew Barr.
But this month’s issue is not all about same-sex marriage and equality — we also have some other great features. FUSE was lucky enough to score media passes to see Lady Gaga at the Monster Hall in Sydney and IT WAS FREAKIN’ FANTASTIC. Check out all the goss and some awesome photos. p27.
We also chat to this month’s sexy FUSE cover girl, Sally Whitwell, who recently performed at Lesbians in the House. Sally is a very talented, sassy and hip pianist, who is taking the classical music scene by storm. p10.
Plus we’ve got a special FAB things for you — eco chic gay grooming essentials; the low down on Freddie Mercury Day in the BUZZ; Chad’s fashion bucket list; a film review on the must see Children of God; Scott Malcolm on protecting your assets and so much more.
FUSE24 — In Good Company (Boy Issue)
FUSE24 — In Good Company (Girl Issue)
It seems we are so close to finally having marriage equality and that’s very exciting!
As we went to print this issue, the breaking news came that Australia is on the brink of the having enough support within the Australian Federal Parliament to legislate same-sex marriage. Labor MP and former Deputy Prime Minister Wayne Swan has switched his position on marriage equality, conceding he was “wrong” to oppose it. This means that only four more votes are required to pass
a same-sex marriage bill in the House of Representatives. In the Senate it has been calculated a bill could pass with a majority of one.
In an interview, Mr Swan told news outlets that he had found it “increasingly difficult” to reconcile his views about same-sex marriage with his support for economic and social equality.
My heart just fills with joy when I see people like Wayne Swan and others finally come to a place where they can see that equality cannot be negotiated and everyone, regardless of their sexual identity or gender, is entitled to have their love legally and formally recognised.
Our fight for marriage equality has been a long and passionate one. Whether or not marriage is for you, at the end of the day it’s all about equal rights for ALL Australians. It was never a matter of if, but when, and I can’t wait until the day we can slash a giant heading on the cover of FUSE that proclaims “Marriage Equality is Finally Here!”
So what else will you find in this issue?
It’s been five years since two lovely brides had an intimate and emotional wedding ceremony in Canberra, and apparently there wasn’t a dry eye in the house! Julia O’Boyle and Sue Read share what their ‘unrecognised’ wedding anniversary means to them, both politically and personally. p23.
On a more sombre note, we have an important feature that follows on from last issue’s article about homeless LGBT youth who were forced to live in the sewers of the city of Kingston in Jamaica. Travis Gilbert, Executive Officer of ACT Shelter, talks about how this same issue is affecting queer kids in Australia. As unbelievable as it may sound, many young Aussie kids are thrown out of their homes, or feel they have no choice but to flee, because of their sexuality. p28.
If you haven’t heard about PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis), it’s a pill which taken daily can reduce your risk of contracting HIV. Executive Director of the AIDS Action Council, Philippa Moss, talks about PrEP and how important this drug may be for our community, even though it is not yet available to Australians. p39.
You’ll also find heaps of great photos in this issue of our wonderful and very colourful LGBTI community living proud and happy.
FUSE45 : At the end of each day, there you are. (Boy Cover)
FUSE45 : At the end of each day, there you are. (Girl Cover)
Relationships make the world go round
Google defines relationships as “the way in which two or more concepts, objects, or people are connected, or the state of being connected.”
Can you think of any aspect in life that can exist or sustain growth without working relationships? The fact is if you look at any personal, work, political or even world problem it all boils down to relationships that just aren’t working — even nature relies on successful relationships.
Unfortunately some relationships are probably never going to work, but we find ourselves stuck with them all the same. The reason we are still struggling so hard to get marriage equality in Australia is because we are working within relationships that will always be in conflict because of their political or ideological agendas. Sadly, interaction becomes a war of wills instead of a harmonious flow of ideas and we fight until somebody wins or yields.
With a majority of Australians now believing marriage equality is a right, it’s really a matter of when, not if. It’s unfortunate that we are being held to ransom by a minority of narrow-minded conservatives.
On the topic of relationships, our new political correspondent, Harley Dennett discusses why Canberran same-sex couples have more reason than most to be angry with the partisan games delaying marriage equality. p16.
When it comes to building successful personal relationships, Julia O’Boyle is a bit of a guru. Her feature article asks “what happens after the honeymoon?” I think it’s a question that we don’t often ask ourselves. In this wonderfully informative feature, Julia encourages us to build deep and enduring relationships through communication and action. It’s a must read for everyone. p19.
In this issue of FUSE you’ll also find our special feature interview with Hayley Teal.
We caught up with Hayley who’s back in the limelight with her new EP Do You Love It. You may remember Hayley from X-Factor — when asked if she had a boyfriend back at home, she proudly said into the mic... “girlfriend.” p24.
For something light, we review the new director’s cut of 54. In a recent interview, actor Ryan Phillippe said he’s looking forward to the new release because it restores, among other things, a steamy kiss between him and co-star Breckin Meyer that was left on the editing room floor. And we’re looking forward to it too! p36.
Plus, why criminalising homosexuality is a public health hazard, the other little blue pill revolutionising gay men’s sex lives, the top 10 handsomest American cities, the truth about planking and so much more.
FUSE46 : Love is a verb! (Boy Cover)
FUSE46 : Love is a verb! (Girl Cover)
Gay marriage, religious freedom and conversion therapy
In December last year, Australia officially become the 26th country to legalise same-sex marriage after an indisputable win in the Federal Parliament. Most of us thought that this meant that the rights of LGBTIQ people would finally be respected — sadly this has not happened.
Over the past few months, Christian fundamentalists have been pushing to water down discrimination laws in the name of “religious freedoms”, attacking the rights of trans people and even openly discussing the merits of ‘gay conversion therapy’.
It started the moment Australia overwhelmingly said yes to marriage equality with religious conservatives like David van Gend from the ‘Australian Marriage Forum — Think of the Child’ releasing a statement saying:
“We accept that same-sex marriage will now become legal, but it will only be a legal fiction. It will forever remain untrue, unjust and unnecessary. Untrue to nature and timeless culture; unjust to those future children who will now be compelled, by an Act of Parliament, to miss out on their mother or father; unnecessary, since same-sex couples already have the same legal status and benefits as any other couple in Australian law.”
Unfortunately organisations like ‘Australian Marriage Forum’ and ‘The Coalition for Marriage’ are still blindly convinced that marriage equality puts children, freedom of speech and religious liberties at risk — even though the majority of Australian disagree and there is absolutely no evidence supporting this belief.
David van Gend further stated, “We will now do what we can to guard against restrictions on freedom of speech and freedom of religion, to defend parents’ rights, and to protect Australian kids from being exposed to radical LGBTIQ sex and gender education in the classrooms.”
Even more bizarre is that conservative individuals have again been discussing the merits of ‘gay conversion therapy’ — and this has really shocked Australians.
I’m not sure what they expected, but the shit really did hit the fan when this made news headlines, and it has now been revealed that gay conversion practices — cloaked in the terminology of “self-improvement” or “spiritual healing” — has been hidden in evangelical churches and ministries, taking the form of exorcisms, prayer groups or counselling disguised as pastoral care.
The good news, of course, is this has exposed this heinous practice and within weeks of it making headlines both the Victorian and ACT Governments have made moves to ban the practice entirely.
It’s disappointing that we still have to battle so all people to have the fundamental right to exist as they are, and sadly we can’t rest just yet.
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This issues features include:The gay and lesbian wedding cake dilemma. Should business owners be able to discriminate against LGBTIQ customers solely because of their personal religious views? Find out why experts say sex is so vital to ensure an enduring and successful relationship. Gay conversion therapy is still happening in Australia and it’s time to put an end to it once and for all, plus news, film reviews, horoscopes, dear rose and o much more.
A recent American study has found that gay male couples have better odds of making it last than their lesbian and straight neighbours.
Former prime minister Julia Gillard has switched her position to now favour same-sex marriage, while denouncing Tony Abbott’s plan for a popular vote on the issue. But she says if such a vote goes ahead she will vote “yes”. Gillard, who strongly opposed same-sex marriage in government —
Advocacy ads exploit our emotions in divisive debates. The same-sex marriage debate in Australia was always bound to be divisive and emotive. And as a public vote on whether it should be legalised nears, the role of advocacy ads will become increasingly important in swaying the opinion of undecided voters.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has hinted that same-sex marriage should be brought before Parliament via a cross-party bill, in a major shift in his language on the reform. 'If our Parliament were to make a big decision on a matter such as this, it ought to be owned by the Parliament and not by any particular party.'
Labor vows to ditch the ridiculously expensive plebiscite! Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has promised legalising same-sex marriage would be the Labor government's first priority in Parliament, while stepping up warnings over Coalition cuts to Medicare and suggesting a 15% GST could be back on the table.
The Liberal Party has voted overwhelmingly to put its same-sex marriage plebiscite legislation back to the Senate, in a decisive rejection of the push by rebel backbenchers to get a quick free vote in Parliament. If the Senate, as expected, rejects the plebiscite again, the government will move to a voluntary postal ballot –
The Labor Party will push for a binding vote on same-sex marriage at their national conference. The party's current position is to allow a conscience vote out of respect for the religious views of members. But frontbencher Penny Wong says it's a matter of discrimination, and party policy should reflect this.