Australia: Second poll confirms rise in support for marriage equality

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A poll has corroborated earlier findings that suggested support for marriage equality had surged.

A Crosby Textor poll earlier this week found that 72% of Australians support the introduction of same-sex marriage, with just 21% opposed, despite continued opposition within the government.

The figures had been markedly surprising, given the previous high had been 64% support.

However, data released by Newspoll confirms the findings, with a second poll finding that marriage equality has 68% support, with 4 out of 10 strongly in favour.

Australian Marriage Equality national director Rodney Croome said: “Newspoll has confirmed what we already knew from the Crosby Textor research, the community debate on marriage equality is over and it’s time for politicians to act.”

“We call on MPs to work together across party boundaries to achieve a reform the Australian people are firmly behind in ever greater numbers.”

AME deputy director, Ivan Hinton said “A great majority of Australians have opened their hearts to the issue of marriage equality, realising it will bring benefits to many families around the country and causes no harm to no one.”

Three years ago 49% of people were in favour of same-sex marriage, and 40% opposed, while a decade ago just 38% supported marriage equality.

The last vote on same-sex marriage in Australia was held in 2012, when the House of Representatives rejected it by a vote of 98-42, and the senate by 41-26.

The governing Liberal party has long opposed equal marriage, with Prime Minister Tony Abbott giving his backing to the successful fight to end the brief recognition of same-sex marriage in the Australian Capital Territory last year.

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US: First ever Mississippi mayor states support for equal marriage

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The first ever mayor in the US state of Mississippi has declared his support for same-sex marriage.

Waveland Mayor David Garcia, signed up to Freedom to Marry’s list of mayors in support of same-sex marriage.

“We know many people in loving and committed same-sex relationships who are active participants in improving our communities, and we’ve seen how important marriage has been for them and their families,” Garcia said in a statement.

“Because I believe in fairness for all American families, I support the freedom to marry for same-sex couples willing to take on that commitment.”

The group is an initiative of Freedom to Marry, a national same-sex marriage advocacy group, and has hundreds of mayors signed up. 

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Australia: Senator calls for cross-party support of new same-sex marriage bill

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An Australian Senator has called for cross-party cooperation in passing a new same-sex marriage bill.

The lone Liberal Democrat Senator David Leyonhjelm, who took office this month, announced last week that he would shortly introduce a bill to legalise same-sex marriage, hoping to win broad support from other parties.

He said today: “Throughout history, classical liberals have been instrumental in putting forward the case that led to the major advancements in human rights, such as the abolition of slavery and women’s suffrage.

“Once again it is the turn of classical liberals to step up for the benefit of gay, lesbian and transgender people.

“It is not the job of governments to define relationships. For those of you who have a problem with homosexuality for some reason or another, we are not asking for your approval. I ask merely for your tolerance.

“If your private life is nobody else’s business, I ask you to understand that the private life of others is none of your business, and it is simply not your role to impose your views on others.

“I ask that you understand that the liberties you care about should be available to everybody, and that there is no place in Australia for second class citizens.”

Australian Marriage Equality deputy director, Ivan Hinton said: “Senator Leyonhjelm has highlighted how allowing same-sex couples to marry is a matter of individual freedom from undue government interference in our private lives.

“This will carry weight with Coalition members who value small government and personal freedom.

“We call on Tony Abbott to allow the Coalition a conscience vote and we call on Coalition members who believe in true liberal values to come out in support of marriage equality.

“Clearly, there is support for marriage equality across the political spectrum, so we urge MPs from all parties to work together to make this reform a reality.”

The last vote on same-sex marriage in Australia was held in 2012, when the House of Representatives rejected it by 98-42, and the senate by 41-26.

The governing Liberal party has long opposed equal marriage, with Prime Minister Tony Abbott giving his backing to the successful fight to end the brief recognition of same-sex marriage in the Australian Capital Territory last year.

However, there have been some calls within his party for MPs to be allowed a free vote on the issue, with the Australian Liberal Students’ Federation passing a motion earlier this week calling for marriage equality.

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Czech Republic: Support for equal marriage falls sharply

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Support for same-sex marriage in the Czech Republic has fallen, bucking the trend from other Western countries.

According to the new poll, support for same-sex marriage has become less popular over the past year, with a 6% fall in support.

Only 45% of people in the country said they support same-sex marriage, down from 51% in 2012 and 2013, and the first time it has found a lack of majority support.

48% of people also said same-sex couples should not be allowed to adopt children, with just 45% in favour.

The only good news in the poll, which was conducted by the CVVM research agency, is that support for the country’s current same-sex civil union scheme is high, with 73% in favour.

Gay people can already adopt children as a single parent in the Czech Republic, but they are not legally allowed to as a couple, with second-parent adoptions also not permitted.

Last year, an Amnesty International report found the country was also ‘lacking protection’ against homophobic and transphobic crime.

A total of 1,390 same-sex couples entered into registered partnerships in the Czech Republic between the law’s uptake in 2006 and 2012.

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MP calls for a ‘conscience clause’ to protect baker which refused ‘support gay marriage’ cake

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An MP has called for a “conscience clause” to be introduced to allow religious business owners to discriminate based on their opposition to issues like same-sex marriage.

Asher’s Baking Company, a Christian-owned bakery in Northern Ireland, refused the request of a gay rights activist for a cake showing the message

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Gay Rights Groups Pull Support For ENDA Over Sweeping Religious Exemption

WASHINGTON — Gay rights groups are jumping ship on legislation they previously hailed as one of their biggest priorities of the year: the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

The American Civil Liberties Union, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, Lambda Legal, the National Center for Lesbian Rights and the Transgender Law Center announced in a joint statement on Tuesday that they are withdrawing support for the Senate ENDA bill because of its sweeping religious exemption.

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