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As LGBT Couples Secure Rights, Opponents Campaign to Water Them Down


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Police watch marchers holding signs and banners as they participate in a marriage equality march in central Sydney, Australia.
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The Australian government will let people “have their say” on same-sex marriage. The Australian High Court ruled Thursday that the government’s postal plebiscite can proceed, so next week ballots will arrive by mail, asking voters: “Should the law be…
Activists stand next to a banner as they listen to speeches during a rally supporting same-sex marriage in Sydney, Australia May 31, 2015.
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Vitriolic Poster Campaign Mars Planned Nationwide Poll

On Monday morning, my friend Michael in Melbourne woke up and looked out the window to check the weather. Instead, what caught his eye was a poster on the street that had been put up overnight. It screamed at him, “STOP THE FAGS,” and contained a string…
Anti-same-sex marriage poster in Australia.
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Release Details on Weapons, Material Sold to Coalition Members

(Sydney) – The Australian government should immediately halt military sales to Saudi Arabia following numerous unlawful Saudi-led coalition airstrikes in Yemen, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. Australia should…
The remains of a community hall in Sanaa, the capital of Yemen, after Saudi-led coalition warplanes attacked a funeral ceremony there on October 8, 2016.
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LGBTI People Come Out in Force for Mardi Gras Parades

Around the world, staying closeted – invisible and silent – is the only form of protection for many lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people. Paradoxically, staying quiet and invisible also makes LGBTI people vulnerable.
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Participants dance with hula hoops during the 2014 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade, Australia, March 1, 2014.
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Australian Plebiscite on Same-sex Marriage is an Attack on Minority Rights

The Australian government wants people to “have their say” on same-sex marriage. It is planning a plebiscite on February 11, 2017 that will ask voters, “Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?”
 
 Well, in that case, should a…
Activists stand next to a banner as they listen to speeches during a rally supporting same-sex marriage in Sydney, Australia May 31, 2015.
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Nauru’s government has updated its archaic criminal code, striking same-sex relations and suicide off the list of crimes.
 While the reforms are good news and bring Nauru’s laws in line with international human rights standards, they will do little…
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The eyes of the world are on Australia as politicians consider whether to support marriage equality

Next week, a marriage equality bill is likely to be introduced in the Australian Parliament. It will no doubt produce the same kind of intense discussions and soul searching as in the 18 other countries that have passed these laws.
 
  
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Peter Lemke, Frank Wittebrood, Ton Jansen, Louis Rogmans, Helene Faasen, Anne-Marie Thus, Dolf Pasker and Geert Kasteel cut the cake after their wedding ceremony in the town hall of Amsterdam on April 1, 2001.
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Clear Policies Needed to Prevent Use, Transfer, Stockpiling

(Washington, DC) – Australia’s ratification of the international convention banning cluster bombs can finally proceed following the Senate’s approval on August 21, 2012, but its flawed implementing legislation contains provisions inconsistent with the…
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The Australian Senate has a chance to avoid an embarrassing double standard in its approach to international law. But it needs to decide: does it want to ban cluster munitions or not? Is it willing to stand by its signed commitment to eliminate these…