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Australian Capital Territory government to introduce equal marriage legislation this week

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  1. That There Other David 16 Sep 2013, 1:43pm

    We have to hope this passes, whatever the constitutional complexities. If the States and Territories start bringing in equal access to marriage the Federal Government will not be able to ignore the issue. Politicians like to be seen as leading events rather than following them, so there will suddenly be champions for the cause arising. In the meantime the legalities will be argued in the courts.

  2. Robert in S. Kensington 16 Sep 2013, 1:45pm

    Good luck, ACT! A step forward in the right direction. Apparently, Abbott has been urged not to oppose it.

  3. Gay Activist Paul Mitchell 16 Sep 2013, 2:19pm

    If you can not do it federally – then you go state by state or territory by territory!!!

    What a long overdue start to marriage equality here in Australia – right in the ACT or Canberra!!!!

    Finally Australia is catching up to the rest of the developed english-speaking western nations!

    Canada, New Zealand, UK, fedually and 1/4 of the US states, South Africa all have marriage equality right now!

    As a single gay man living in Forbes, NSW (290 kilometres from Canberra) I welcome this 300 percent, but I fear the horrible Catholic bigot MAD MONK (aka Tony Abbott) will just veto this – by closing the loophole in the Marriage Act 1961 by getting rid or omitting of the “foreign country” reference in section 88 EA and make an amendment to say by adding another section 88EB “all Australian states or territories can not make legislation in regards to marriage, that is already legislation called the Marriage Act 1961 by and under the Commonwealth of Australia”.

  4. Tony Abbott is a horrible and bigoted man. The Anti-everything Catholic as I call him!

    I would never trust him as far as I can throw him!

    But do not blame me, because I voted for the Australian Sex Party!

  5. Tony Abbott is a horrible and bigoted man. The Anti-everything Catholic as I call him!

    I would never trust him as far as I can throw him!

    But do not blame me, because I voted for the Australian Sex Party!

    Vote 1 Sex Party Poster [Put here jpd]

    1. Gay Activist Paul Mitchell 16 Sep 2013, 2:32pm

      I voted for the Sex Party as well!

      Vote 1 Sex Party!

      Greens, Labor, Liberals and Nationals are all USELESS on marriage equality!

      Greens and Labor had a chance to pass marriage equality when they controlled both houses of parliament, by holding the balance of power – but did NOTHING!!!!!, I will NEVER forget! They threw us under the bus to gain power, and then the election happened and we threw them under the bus…

      GO FIGURE!

      From now on I am voting for the Sex Party!

  6. Godric Godricson 16 Sep 2013, 4:19pm

    Bright Blessings to the Australian Capital Territory’s government! Well done.

  7. Sadly Australia has become ‘little usa’ and is quickly becoming the arsxh@le nation of the South Pacific.

    There are lots of nice, intuitive Australians but sadly they are the still the minority on many issues.

    Values of racism, sexism and bigotry are incredibly entrenched in the national character.

    Australians have a long history of treating their indigenous population badly, and now the GLTBI communities and even their kind little neighbours, the Kiwis http://www.ozkiwi2001.org/

  8. Funny how many of Britain’s former ‘colonies’ are so backward when it comes to human rights and equality. Of course, their homophobia stems from all those christian missionaries who went poking their noses in where they weren’t wanted. It’s HIGH time Britain’s little children threw away mummy’s religious rule book and started thinking a bit for themselves. Well done The Capital Territory for following the excellent example of Australia’s much more grown-up neighbour, NZ.

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