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Australia: Premiers of South Australia and Tasmania promise same-sex marriage

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  1. Robert in S. Kensington 12 Aug 2012, 12:46pm

    Go, Australia! Unfortunately, it will end up like America, legalisation in only a few states with no rights at the federal level. Hopefully, this will drag the rest of the county kicking and screaming into the 21st century.

  2. I have faith that once Gillard goes – and she’s not universally popular – pressure from educated Australians will help make a change. Australia has its share of social problems but it is not like the US.

    1. In the universe of Australia, she’s universally unpopular. It’s universally agreed, though, that Tony Abbott is infinitely worse!

  3. I thought the Australian constitution specifically says marriage is under federal jurisdiction. If that’s the case, then they won’t win in court. It’s nice that they are trying though.

    1. The (twisted but hopefully correct) legal logic is that *straight* marriage is under federal jurisdiction. By implication, all other marriage is under state jurisdiction.

    2. Two new High Court Judges will be appointed in October 2012 and March 2013. Let’s hope Gillard and the Labor Government go progressive and not conservative with the appointments!

  4. Robert Brown 12 Aug 2012, 3:07pm

    . . . equality should mean equality . . .


  5. GingerlyColors 12 Aug 2012, 4:50pm

    I hope that South Australia’s and Tasmania’s inititive will influence the Federal Parliament in Canbera to introduce marriage equality throughout the country. If this happens then Australia will become the first continent to enjoy full LGBT rights throughout and this will hopefully more countries in the southern hemisphere to follow suit.

  6. Pavlos Prince of Greece 12 Aug 2012, 5:44pm

    Its the only realistic way for the Australian LGBT in the next 5-7 years. States level is also good, federal will follow later.

  7. Gay Activist Paul Mitchell 13 Aug 2012, 4:46am

    So the ACT, SA and TAS are planning to move forward on full marriage equality. What about the other states and territories? Oh wait NSW, QLD, VIC and WA have liberal party governments so expect nothing to change for the time being. The Northern Territory will have an election next week and it will be the same result massive swing to the Liberal party as well – just like Queensland. Marriage equality is long overdue in Australia and is not political suicide, 5 years ago gay marriage would have been political suicide – but now gay marriage can score you votes now because nearly two-thirds (64 percent August 2012 Galaxy poll) of Australians support same sex marriage in full. Gillard and Tony will not last long, thank goodness a federal election is due one year from now (September 2013).

  8. Good news!Let us see it in action and made into law and I pray that the rest of Australia follows suit

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