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Australia’s Senate rejects marriage equality

Timothy Kincaid

February 25th, 2010

The Australian Senate voted to reject a marriage equality bill by a lopsided 45 to 5 vote. But procedure allows that the actual support for the vote may have been greater than the vote suggests. Some senators may have elected to be absent from the party-line vote to register their opposition to their party’s position. (The Age)

Senator Hanson-Young seized on the absentee rate to declare the major parties split.

”There may have been a group of senators voting to keep discrimination against same-sex couples being able to marry the one they love, but well over one-third of all senators were absent for the final vote, presumably the only form of protest open to them,” she said.

This is an issue that is unlikely to go away in Australia until equality is achieved.



February 28th, 2010 | LINK

Its no suprise that this is the action of the Australian government considering the conservative nature of the gay community ( at least in Sydney ) at present. New Mardi Gras has just completed yet another mardi gras parade.
One that opposed the representation of the Animal Liberation Front, because they were deemed ‘not gay enough’.
One that warned against Community Action Against Homophobia absorbing the ‘rejects’ into their float (including banners illustrating the atrocity in Uganda )
The same NMG have just recently been exposed for allowing IKEA to enter the parade in 2008 with hired straight actors.
And the same NMG that supports every other apparently ‘gay enough’ corporations,such as ANZ banking, to march proudly & secure as generous sponsors of the parade.
Sydney has lost its pride march in favour of an event which is run by corporations & endorsed my NMG, which has lost the support of the original 78’ers that got this original civil rights movement started.
For those of you reading in other countries, be warned that appropriation is not necessarily the path to equality.

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