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Australia: ACT equal marriage bill to be altered in face of high court challenge by government

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  1. Julian Morrison 21 Oct 2013, 6:20pm

    What the f*ck, they threw trans people under the bus AGAIN?

    1. They clearly said that the just did it to improve the chances of the bill, because they are in for a fight against the biggot government and it totally makes sense to go step by step if your own legal advisors tell you, that trying to covering at once all will probably get you nothing. Give the ACT a break, they try hard to improve the actual situation and they said they want to expand it if the first measure goes through. Your wrath should be directed at Tony Abbot and his party and certainly not ACT.

    2. Because trans rights =/= gay rights, it doesn’t cover coprophiles marriages too

      1. lol wut. Try harder to at least make your trolling make sense. People can marry regardless of their liking for eating (or coming here and posting) poop.

        This bill is now about same-sex marriage rather than gay marriage, there is a difference. What about same-sex non-binary people who wish to marry? Or didn’t it occur to you that non-binary people often enter relationships too? Your argument is both utterly childish and invalid.

    3. I’ve read a few articles on the change: none of them go into much detail, but it doesn’t sound as though the change actually makes any practical difference. Essentially they are changing the wording from something like “adult couples unable to marry under the federal Marriage Act” to something like “couples who are the same legal gender”. I think Australia’s concept of legal gender is binary, so these definitions should be equivalent.

  2. PeterinSydney 22 Oct 2013, 8:10am

    Abbott show some respect for your sister and don’t appeal. Let people be adults without you interfering in our bedrooms.

  3. Colin (london) 22 Oct 2013, 8:46am

    Please good people of Australia do all you can to make this happen. I know it is difficult but step by step. Good luck getting the ACT bill changed.

    Congratulations to Christine Foster and her Partner Virginia Edwards. Every happiness and keep fighting.

  4. Colin (London) 22 Oct 2013, 9:10am

    I’ve just read it’s been passed with amendments. What wonderful news.

    Go Australia go…..I knew it would happen…Now boys and girls get married and show your great country that you are no threat to them…We gay people add massively to society.

    Now prepare for the Government Bill as they try to change this.

    Well done Katy Gallagher and many many others.

    Nothing on the BBC

  5. It often goes down like this: Marriage as already exists for opposite-sex couples and ‘same-sex marriage’ need to be kept separate to placate the bigots (lest the impression is given that gay people’s relationships are really as valid right?). As a consequence non-binary people fit into neither legislation and get thrown under the bus

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