Australian Political Leaders Say No To Gay Marriage Referendum.

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Hopes of holding a referendum on Gay Marriage in Australia were dealt a cruel blow recently when both the anti-gay prime minister of Australia Julia Gillard and leader of the opposition, Tony Abbott have ruled it out.
The Independent MP Tony Wilson had suggested holding a referendum on gay marriage on the same day as the general election in September this year. However Gillard rejected the notion outright, ‘the most appropriate way for the government to consider such an amendment is through a conscience vote in parliament’, she said.
Abbott also rejected the idea of a referendum, saying ‘I think the coming election should be uncomplicated by other matters’.… more

Ban Gay Sex Says Australian Psychologist

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A homophobic psychologist and candidate seeking election in New South Wales, Australia has demanded gay sex to be outlawed and for the right to discriminate against Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender citizens.
Philip Pocock, who claims to be a psychologist, is standing as an independent representative in Canberra, in the Australian Capital Territory, uploaded a video in 2008 defending the Pope’s anti-gay doctrine. In the YouTube rant he argues that homosexuality resembled a threat to humanity as great as climate change claiming the Pope was “correct, even from a scientific view”.… more

Gay Marriage Will Bring In Polygamy

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A senior cleric from the South Australian Catholic Church has warned state Premier Jay Weatherill’s backing of same sex marriage will open the door and the floodgates to polygamy and lead to “weaken the family as the basis of society”.
Mr Weatherill has backed a move for South Australia to go it alone on marriage equality if the Australian Federal Parliament does not move on the issue in the coming year. There are a number of legal disputes regarding whether states have the power to regulate marriage, which would need to be explored and resolved before South Australia could change current marriage discrimination.… more

Australian Gay Marriage Support Rises

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Marriage Equality support in Australia is at its highest ever level according to according to a new Galaxy poll. They surveyed a sample group of 865 Australians aged between 18 and 69 years, distributed throughout the Australian states. This poll found that 64% agreed that same-sex couples should be allowed to marry, of which 32% indicated strong agreement of that point.

Interestingly the results also showed that 41% were more likely to vote for the opposition Coalition, if it allowed a conscience vote on same sex marriage, while 32% claimed their vote would not be affected.… more

Getting Healthy Down Under!

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Australia will become the first country in the world to administer the human papillomavirus vaccine (HPV) to all teenage boys as a matter of course. HPV is the virus that causes genital warts as well as various types of cancer including cervical and anal as is passed through sexual contact.

It is expected that the introduction of the vaccine to boys come into force early next year and should significantly lower the risk of infection to the young population of Australia, including gay men who are considered to be in the highest risk group in Australia.… more

Just 10 More!

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The Australian Marriage Equality group have reported today that only ten more votes are needed pass same-sex marriage through the Australian senate.
This remarkable and welcome news was issued in a statement from the advocacy group who now call on all Australians to contact those undecided senators and urge them to support the legislation which would allow equal marriage the chance of being passed, reports Jason Shaw.
The AME say that 20 out of the 76 senators in the house are against same-sex marriage whilst another 27 are still yet undecided or have not declared their views on the matter.… more