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Chris Martin is the Pied Piper of Sydney in Coldplay's 'Sky Full of Stars' Video: WATCH

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Chris Martin recruited the people of Sydney, Australia to give Coldplay a hand with the video for their Avicii-co-produced EDM anthem "A Sky Full of Stars".

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Marriage Equality Bill Defeated in Australia's New South Wales State

The upper house of the NSW parliament rejected a bill legalizing same-sex marriage, the Sydney Morning Herald reports:

NswDespite initial hopes the upper house would pass the legislation, MPs voted against it by 21 votes to 19 in the Legislative Council on Thursday afternoon.

So why did the bill fail?

Mr Nile said he believed a decisive factor in the bill's defeat was Premier Barry O'Farrell's announcement that he would vote against the bill if it came before the lower house.

Mr O'Farrell revealed his support for same-sex marriage a day after New Zealand's parliament voted to change its national laws in April.

But in a statement released the night before the bill's introduction to the upper house last month, Mr O'Farrell said that while he was a supporter of marriage equality, he would not support the NSW legislation.

He argued that "only change enacted by the Federal Parliament can deliver true equality in our marriage laws".


Sydney, Australia's State of New South Wales Could Pass a Same-Sex Marriage Bill Next Week

The parliament of New South Wales will debate a marriage equality bill next week, Sky News reports:

NswThe group consisting of Liberal, National, Greens, Labor and independent members say the bill follows community and legal consultation, including a parliamentary inquiry that found NSW has the constitutional power to legislate on marriage.

Labor MLC Penny Sharpe said she will introduce the bill next Thursday.

'The community and parliament can be confident we have done our due diligence to ensure we have the strongest bill possible; one that will allow loving and committed same-sex couples to marry in NSW and one that will withstand any high court challenge,' she said.

The Australian Capital Territory passed a same-sex marriage bill earlier this week that PM Tony Abbott's government said it plans to fight.

Meanwhile, the High Court says it will address the issue tomorrow:

A High Court of Australia spokesman has confirmed the first directions hearing for the federal government's constitutional challenge to the ACT's same-sex marriage law will take place on Friday at 2.15pm.

It comes as same-sex couples say they will defy advice from the Prime Minister to delay getting married in Canberra, until the High Court has tested the validity of the ACT's new marriage law.

The federal government formally launched its challenge to the ACT's same-sex marriage law in the High Court on Wednesday.


The Drag Pussycat Dolls Hit Bondi Beach: VIDEO

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Drag queens Natasha Knowles, Decoda Secret and Little X cause a scene at Sydney's Bondi Beach.

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A Homophobic Vandal Hit Sydney's 'Midnight Shift' Nightclub, But at Least He Was Artistic About It

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Sydney's iconic Midnight Shift gay nightclub was hit by a homophobic graffiti artist for the first time in its 30-year-history, and the vandal struck in broad daylight, the Sydney Star Observer reports:

In one tag subtitled “The Gays,” the offender suggests: “Men should not engage in homosexual sex with one another!”

Another reads: “Pu**y is delicious!! A gift from God,” while a crude picture of male genitalia is adorned with the words, “An ugly, ugly d**k”.

The club's owner Michael Bourke said it was the first time a graffiti vandal had hit the club, and he took note of the criminal's artistry:

“I think at the end of the day it just proves that we are not on a safe strip as everyone sometimes thinks we are. There are still people like this out there and homophobia still exists. Perhaps people don’t expect to see it in the heart of Sydney.”

Although the victim of the vandal’s “handiwork,” Bourke told the Star Observer that he could find some humour in the incident.

“I’ve looked at the footage and he was just calmly going about his business. For people walking past it may have looked like something the bar was paying for,” he explained. “It was actually quite creative. It only took him about six minutes to do it. It wasn’t just scrawl, there was a kind of artistic merit to it.

More images at the SSO.


Do-It-Yourself Rainbow Crosswalks Popping Up All Over Sydney in Response to Shameful Crossing Removal

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Yesterday I reported on the shameful action by NSW Roads and Maritime Services in Sydney, which stealthily removed a much beloved rainbow crosswalk in the middle of the night.

Now, rainbow crosswalks have begun springing up all over Sydney in response to the removal in a kind of chalk and paint revellion.

The do-it-yourself demonstration even has its own Facebook page.

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