Following a morning tea reception at Parliament House on 1st June 2015, Labor leader Bill Shorten and his deputy Tanya Plibersek introduced a bill into the Australian House of Representatives to legalise same-sex marriage. Although debate on the bill was immediately adjourned due to the fact that the opposition does not have the numbers to push it further, Prime Minister Tony Abbott responded by leaving the door open for a possible free vote on the issue in the Liberal party room at some point in the future, with the proviso that it is in response to a cross-party bill. More photos from the event are below.
Since the glorious and long-overdue passing of same-sex marriage into Australian law last year (after enduring that ridiculously invasive and expensive political circle jerk otherwise known as the postal plebiscite), I have found myself increasingly asked one niggling question from my hetero friends, “So… are you going to get married now?”
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Fresh from giving new hope to disaffected conservative Liberals by staying in federal politics, Tony Abbott will fly to the US to gee-up one of the religious right's most reactionary anti-gay group — the Alliance Defending Freedom.
UK prime minister David Cameron has warned that parliament will not allow any attempt to roll back gay marriage rights in comments seemingly aimed at his would-be successor Andrea Leadsom.
WASHINGTON — In a long-sought victory for the gay rights movement in America, the US Supreme Court has ruled by a 5-to-4 vote on Friday that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage. “No longer may this liberty be denied,” Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote for the majority in the historic decision.