Here’s an idea: maybe the government should invest the $20 million surplus in the postal survey budget in mental health services for LGBTQI people. It’s what Greens leader Richard Di Natale is proposing to Malcolm Turnbull. He wrote to the Prime Minister calling on him to increase funding to organisations that have been struggling with funding since the dang postal survey. “It’s time that the government acknowledges the harmful effects of the ‘no’ campaign on the LGBTIQ community,” he wrote. “I urge you to immediately redirect these funds in support services for the LGBTIQ community, particularly for young people, to respond to the issues being experienced as a direct result of the government’s decision to undertake the postal survey.”
Federal laws prohibit discrimination based on disability, race, color, descent or national or ethnic origin, marital status, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, political opinion, family or caregiver responsibilities, pregnancy, and intersex status. An independent judiciary and a network of federal, state, and territorial equal opportunity offices... Expand
Federal laws prohibit discrimination based on disability, race, color, descent or national or ethnic origin, marital status, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, political opinion, family or caregiver responsibilities, pregnancy, and intersex status. An independent judiciary and a network of federal, state, and territorial equal opportunity offices effectively enforced anti-discrimination laws.
There are no laws criminalizing consensual same-sex sexual conduct between adults. Discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity is prohibited by law in a wide range of areas, including in employment, housing, family law, taxes, child support, immigration, pensions, care of elderly persons, and social security.
The HRC received 16 complaints of discrimination based on sexual orientation from July 2012 through June 2013. Information on resolution of the complaints was not available.
The law provides protections against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, and intersex status.
Source: U.S. Department of State's  Human Rights ReportContract
A pin could have been heard dropping in Sydney’s Prince Alfred Park in the moments before the result of the postal vote on marriage equality was announced on the morning of November 15. Lovers stood with their faces pressed into each other’s chests, whitened knuckles held shaking hands, friends stood shoulder-to-shoulder and rainbow families held each other in tight embraces. Even the blustering wind that had dishevelled our stall all morning seemed to have been holding its breath. All was silent as we braced for the result. Thousands more were gathered in major cities across the country. The crowd continued to grow larger still in those moments as more and more people streamed into the park to witness the making of history. Then the announcement rang out: 61.6% voted Yes to marriage equality and only 38.4% voted No. We won!
Out Liberal senator Dean Smith on Thursday introduced a bill that seeks to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry in Australia. Smith's bill comes just a day after results of a national survey on marriage equality were announced. An overwhelming majority (61.6%) of respondents voted “yes” to a change in the law. In introducing his bill, Smith said that LGBT people often face the hurdle of self-acceptance and that marriage is vital because “nothing speaks more of acceptance than marriage.” Conservatives are expected to push for amendments that protect religious freedom and undermine the rights of gay couples.
Australia has voted yes to marriage equality. Here’s how each electorate voted
Celebrations broke out across Australia after a two-month national postal survey came out "overwhelmingly" in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage. Results released Wednesday by the Australian Bureau of Statistics revealed 61% of the population voted to allow same-sex marriage, with 38% voting against. Rainbow-colored smoke, confetti and cheers erupted in the center of Melbourne following the announcement, where hundreds of people had gathered to hear the result.
The Australian government should introduce marriage equality legislation without delay, following results of the national postal survey in favor of marriage equality, Human Rights Watch said today. 61.6 percent of respondents voted for equal marriage rights for same-sex couples. The postal survey had high response rates, with 79.5 percent of eligible voters returning the poll. On September 10, 2017, in a speech for the Yes campaign for same-sex marriage, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said: “If a majority votes yes, then we will ensure a private members’ bill is presented to the parliament which will legalize same-sex marriage and our expectation is that should be accomplished by the end of the year. It will sail through the parliament.”
With Australia's same-sex marriage poll widely expected to return a 'yes' majority this week, conservatives pushed Monday for protections for parents, school teachers and businesses which continue to defend a "traditional understanding of marriage". The government has pledged to hold a parliamentary vote to legalise gay marriage before the end of the year should the nationwide survey -- held after more than a decade of political wrangling -- return a "yes" when results are announced on Wednesday. But divisions within the conservative governing coalition over how to protect the rights of people who oppose same-sex marriage on religious grounds threatens to derail that timeline.
Australia's marriage equality plebiscite is being criticised for being unnecessary and hurtful for the LGBT community. The result of the A$122 million postal vote will be announced on Wednesday. If the outcome is yes, a bill by Liberal senator Dean Smith to legalise same-sex marriage could be put to Parliament as soon as Thursday However, the possibility of such a result has seen Liberal senator James Paterson propose a rival bill with wider reaching consequences. The law would allow celebrants, businesses, educators, charities and parents to discriminate against same-sex couples if they have a conscientious objection.
You didn’t think it was going to be that easy, did you? After earlier reports that conservatives in the Coalition, anticipating a victory of the Yes campaign, had been prepping their own same-sex marriage bill, The Australian has landed some intel about what said bill actually contains. For whatever reason, the bill anticipates there will be an absolute deluge of civil lawsuits against people who refuse to bake gay wedding cakes. It offers protection to those who provide services for weddings, like “florists, bakers, hotels or function centres,” but only as far as their services relate to same-sex weddings. For example, a florist could refuse to provide flowers for a same-sex wedding, but they couldn’t refuse to sell flowers to an LGBT-identifying person generally.
Almost half of Australians believe service providers should have the right to refuse same-sex weddings on the basis of their religious views, a poll has found. The Lonergan Research poll of 971 people found that 49% believed that service providers who refused same-sex weddings based on their religious views should be protected by law, compared with 35% who disagreed and 15% unsure. Those most likely to support service providers’ ability to reject same-sex weddings were people who oppose marriage equality (76%) and people aged over 65 (65%) but even 39% of people supporting marriage equality agreed with the proposition.
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