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Australia: Defeat for equal marriage bill in Tasmania

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  1. That There Other David 27 Sep 2012, 10:04am

    VERY disappointing. However, the demographics in Australia are very much in the favour of equality. This is only a matter of time.

  2. Bad news.

    And I’m reading Robert Hughes’s “The Fatal Shore” at the moment which, amongst many other things, reveals how RIFE homosexuality was in Tasmania 200 years ago.

    I wonder if there’s a connection, a deep-seated need on the part of Aussies to expunge their quite recent indulgences.

  3. If they had legalized same sex marriage it would have been a tourist bonanza for Tasmania. There are no jobs there, this could have been just the stimulus the state needed. Gay couples wanting to get married and their friends and families would have flooded the place.

  4. Was anyone surprised. Tasmania is such a backward state. Has never progressed in last 100 years or so.

    High unemployment, so prospects, no future. Then the Tasmanian Government wastes 40 million buying Sydney’s monorail, soon to be torn down and put down there. That money should have been better used to help the unemployed, services, infrastructure etc. But no. Governments/ politicians are full of hot air and no substance.

    1. Paddyswurds 27 Sep 2012, 12:42pm

      I always considered Tasmania to be Australias Mississippi in terms of enlightenment and progress….Still in the grip of bronze age fantasy…..!

      1. Well what do you expect? Australia is a country that was founded by aggressive colonialists who essentially wiped out the Aborignal population.
        Pretty much like half the world.

      2. I always considered Mississippi to be America’s Tasmania. Can we please focus on Australia and keep the US out of something for once?

  5. what do you except from big desert island with a lot of ugly looking animals called australia

    1. Paddyswurds 27 Sep 2012, 12:47pm

      Australia is a continent and altho technically an island, is usually not considered such. It is only the center of Oz that is desert and they have some of the worlds cutest animals , like for instance the Koala and Wallaby…. Anyway what has the Geography and animals of Australia to do with people or Marriage Equality….???

    2. Respect being extended to all the people who live in Australia?
      too much to ask from some people, but not a completely lost cause.

  6. Paddyswurds 27 Sep 2012, 12:39pm

    Sadly it would seem that Australia is still greatly in the grip of the Abrahamic cults and ignorance is rife as is usual in countries where the Cults have sway over people minds and bedrooms……

    1. Living in Australia – Truer ‘wurds’ were never spoken. I certainly agree with you Paddyswurds

    2. I urge those who are fortunate enough to be able to travel to Australia not to. I was going to go over Christmas. My husband and I will take our money where it is not spurned.

  7. Robert in S. Kensington 27 Sep 2012, 12:52pm

    Disappointing of course, but Australia will eventually win the day. Denmark didn’t get it done first time around, now look. We will win, inevitable. More and more countries are getting on board. The horse is out of the barn and NEVER going back in. Get used to it, all ye bigots and hypocrites on the religious right.

  8. Pavlos Prince of Greece 27 Sep 2012, 6:39pm

    It was looking so hopeful, and now… How is it possible? And for some Catholic clerics was allowing to be present in the Upper House room too. I hope, we will have same-sex marriage in the very near future at least in New South Wales, South Australia, West Australia, Victoria and Australian Capital Territory.

  9. Collusion, corruption…. what is the betting he was paid or ‘elbowed’ to say no?

  10. Very sad news… but since when have South Australia and Tasmania been amalgated under Jay Weatherill? Basic fact-checking would be nice.

  11. Disappointing, but at least the Premier had the guts to support the bill. The mainland states are a long way from doming anywhere near what Tasmania has done. I said 2 years ago that it will take 10 years and I fear I may be right. There will be no movement Federally by Abbot and his mates and they will probably be in for at least 8 years.

  12. Tasmania and the Australian mainland are still cleansing themselves of “the convict stain”. Here are two glimpses of the attitude of the non-convicts towards homosexuality amongst the convicts in the penal stations.

    “With these scoundrels the English farm labourer, the tempted and fallen mechanic [and so on] are indiscriminately herded. . . . At night the sleeping-wards are very cess-pools of unheard-of vices. I cannot find sober words enough to express the enormity of this evil . . . ”


    “Here are 800 men immured from 6 in the evening until sunrise. Atrocities of the most shocking, odious character are there perpetrated, and that unnatural crime is indulged in to excess . . . ”

    p. 271, Robert Hughes “The Fatal Shore”.

    1. Paddyswurds 29 Sep 2012, 10:06pm

      Sounds to me like they had a ball and the “non convicts” were beside themselves with jealousy…… I would certainly have been in the thick of it….ooh er Missus!

      1. i bet in 20 years most australians will walk on their two hind legs

  13. Gay Activist Paul Mitchell 4 Oct 2012, 11:41am

    I am very disappointed in the close 6 to 8 vote in the upper house that is well-known to be very ultra-conservative with 13 independents controling the upper house. The proposed state law on same sex marriage is NOT unconstitutional, because the federal government controls opposite sex marriages only – not civil unions, same sex marriage and registered partnerships, etc which is up to the individual Australian state or territory responsibility!

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