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Three Same-Sex Marriages Staged In Australia

About 10,000 people rallied all over Australia in support of marriage equality. In Brisbane's business district, three couples took it a step further and were married. According to Sky News

AustThree same-sex couples have staged illegal marriage ceremonies in Brisbane as part of a mass rally protesting against the major parties stance on the issue.

Organiser Kat Henderson says up to 1,000 people marched in Brisbane's CBD yesterday, calling for marriage equality , and with 60 per cent of Australians supporting same sex marriage rights she says Labor should show leadership on the issue.

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, who has not supported marriage equality, had this to say: “I know that what I’m going to say now is not going to make you happy – it’s going to disappoint you. I and the Labor Party have a clear policy, and our clear policy is that we won’t be amending the Marriage Act. The marriage Act will stay as it is now, so that marriage is defined as being between a man and a woman.”

Gillard is up for re-election later this week.

Video of the marriage equality march in Sydney AFTER THE JUMP.

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  1. How is it that the marriage ceremonies are "illegal"? Is SSM actually illegal in Australia, or simply not recognized by the government? If it is illegal, what is the penalty?

    Posted by: Michael M. | Aug 15, 2010 1:51:01 PM


  2. I'm 18 next month, which means i miss out on voting in this election by just a few weeks. the saddest part of our situation here in australia is that we're screwed whichever way the election goes. either we get a racist, woman-hating homophobe in Tony Abbot or a leader all too willing to sell out her own beliefs and values in order to pander to the right wing in Julia Gillard.

    since i cannot vote, i'm doing my best to start discussions with those of my friends who have recently come of age, and i tell them all the same thing: voting for The Greens is NOT a waste of a vote. if we can achieve balance in the senate then we are on our way (finally) to progress.

    maybe someday soon i will not be considered a second class citizen.

    Posted by: jesse john | Aug 15, 2010 2:02:20 PM



  3. SSM is not recognized in Australia. You can't be imprisoned for it, but you are not legally recognized as spouses here.

    Gillard's attitude is disappointing, but Abbott is even worse (he's a hardcore Christian). Both major parties are also playing the Race Card, with their "fear the illegal Asian immigrants" bullshit.

    I'm voting Green. Bob Brown is the only one in the entire race with any compassion or ethics, plus he's Gay...

    Posted by: wirrrn | Aug 16, 2010 2:22:49 AM


  4. After three years of broken promises, moral cowardice, and squandering of opportunities, it is hard to believe that this Labor government thinks it deserves another term. It wasn't Tony Abbott's election to lose. Labor's spectacular incompetence on climate change, immigration, and believe it or not, labor issues, led to its downfall.

    Posted by: John | Aug 16, 2010 3:23:55 AM


  5. I wish everybody would remember that she is the Acting Prime Minister, not the actual Prime Minister. You're not the official Prime Minister until you're voted in, which she wasn't.

    Posted by: Jo | Aug 16, 2010 3:53:20 AM


  6. Actually, Jo, a person is 'officially' the Prime Minister when the Governor-General of Australia appoints him/her in the name of the Crown. Australian voters do not get to vote for the PM, per se, but rather the party with the majority of the support in the House of Representatives, who then elect the PM.

    As such, Gillard is the actual PM (as of June 24, 2010).

    Posted by: KJ | Aug 16, 2010 6:45:17 AM


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