Photo Credit Alison Standen Facebook. Alison Standen, left, and Kate Grady. Alison Standen has become Tasmania’s first openly lesbian member of parliament. During the divisive and hate-filled Australian same-sex marriage postal survey in October last year, Labor’s then candidate for the seat of Franklin in Tasmania, Alison Standen, told The Mercury why she was running for public office. “In years to come, whether I’m elected or not, I want to be able to look into my son’s eye
Photo Credit: @TimWilsonMP Twitter They've been engaged for nine long years, and on Sunday 11th March, Liberal MP Tim Wilson finally married the love of his life, Ryan Bolger. On December 4, 2017, during his speech in the marriage equality debate, Wilson proposed for a second time to his fiancé of nine years, school teacher Ryan Bolger. It was a first for Australian parliament and a moment that made the news around the world.
"In my first speech I defined our bond by the r
Apple is celebrating Australian marriage equality with its new Iphone X ad campaign 'First Dance.' The ads feature footage of real same-sex couples enjoying the first dance at their weddings. All of the footage was shot on the Iphone X and the soundtrack is Courtney Barnett’s cover of ‘Never Tear Us Apart’ by INXS. The campaign features a 60 second ad, plus three shorter versions which each feature one couple. The couples are Meg and Ann-Marie, Nick and Rob and Antony and Ro
On Wednesday the Senate passed marriage equality 43 votes to 12, with Labor, the Greens, the Nick Xenaphon Team and Liberal marriage equality supporters voting down conservative amendments aimed at weakening discrimination protections. The Senate chamber erupted with applause after the historic vote, with Senators hugging and crying. "This is the Senate's day," said Liberal senator Dean Smith, whose bill was being debated. "This is a demonstration that working across the cham
After Australia voted Yes to marriage equality on Wednesday, Liberal Senator Dean smith, Labor, the Greens, the Nick Xenophon Team and Derryn Hinch, introduced their marriage amendment bill to parliament. On Thursday, Smith opened debate on the bill by paying tribute to one of it's architects, long-time marriage equality campaigner, Liberal Warren Entsch. "When I look at this victory and the thousands who made it possible, I keep thinking of one man - the one who carried the
Australia has voted YES to marriage equality in the same-sex marriage postal survey.
The survey results were announced in a press conference at 10am and posted on the Australian Bureau Of Statistics website.
The results were YES 61.6% and No 38.4%.
Prime Minister Turnbull has done a deal with the cross bench, the Greens and Labor to debate the cross-party marriage equality bill written by Liberal Senator Dean Smith and supported by Labor. He has rejected Senator Jam