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And Australia Makes 25

Like their neighbours in New Zealand before them, when Australian MPs voted same-sex marriage into law today the chamber broke into song in celebration. The debates in recent days had seen tears and a mid-speech marriage proposal. It is only a few short weeks since the referendum result was declared on November 15th, with a clear margin of victory. Within […]

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Australians say Yes

The referendum in Australia on same-sex marriage has produced a clear result in favour – with 61.6% support on a turnout of just under 80%. This is a similar level of support to that shown in the Republic of Ireland’s referendum two years ago – but a much higher turnout, which was 60% in Ireland. It’s close to an absolute […]

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Australia Drops Marriage Referendum

The Australian Parliament has blocked moves for a Republic of Ireland-style marriage referendum in the country. As we reported two months ago, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull had sought to use a referendum to neutralise the issue rather than face a battle inside his right-wing party. It’s a risky move – it’s the same trick David Cameron used to put the […]

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After Ireland: Australia to vote

Australia is set to put the “question” of same-sex marriage to the public, with a nationwide referendum next February on whether to open up marriage beyond mixed-sex couples. If the vote goes ahead, decision day will be 11th February. Ireland passed same-sex marriage by a huge margin in a similar referendum. Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told parliament that funding […]

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