By Desmond Rutherford

Desmond Rutherford

Desmond Rutherford, based in Adelaide, South Australia, is a poet, columnist and writer. Des DownUnder on Sundays is published under licence from Desmond Rutherford Associates Ltd., Adelaide, Australia.

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The separation of religion and hate: Attacking the protection of freedom

| Tuesday, February 25, 2014
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The very core of the foundation of the U.S. Constitution is under attack, and it seems that the attackers relate very favorably to those who have encouraged Uganda and Nigeria, to mention just two nations, in their terrifying anti-gay legislation. The real concern, additional to the anti-gay intolerance, is a call to amend the Constitution; even to rewrite it, amounting to little more than a theocracy under which any religion could claim supremacy.

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A Christmas for Carol

| Wednesday, December 25, 2013
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She was so awake. ‘Twas the day before Christmas and she had a thousand things to do. Why had she left everything to the last minute? Every Christmas it was the same. Carol Cage worked long hours, right up to Christmas Eve and then finally had to rush around to get everything done. She got out of bed and went to her en suite bathroom. She changed her mind and went to her bedroom door and opened it. She had made a habit of closing it to avoid overhearing her son and his friend in bed again. She had heard them that first night some three months ago, when they came home late from the movies. Her son, her illegitimate son, was in a relationship with another boy...

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Australian Governor-General backs same-sex marriage

| Saturday, November 23, 2013
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SYDNEY, New South Wales -- In a landmark speech, the Governor-General of Australia on Friday publicly endorsed same-sex marriage

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Tasmania lawmakers defer same-sex marriage debate to federal parliament

| Wednesday, October 30, 2013
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HOBART, Tasmania -- A motion to revive the debate over same-sex marriage in Tasmania's parliament was defeated in the Upper House Legislative Council Tuesday, as local MP's voted to leave the question up to the Federal Parliament in Canberra.

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Australian Prime Minister signals challenge to capital’s gay marriage bill

| Thursday, September 19, 2013
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Newly elected Australian prime minster Tony Abbott said this week that his government is considering possibly blocking the Australian Capital Territory's (ACT) proposed same-sex marriage legislation.

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Christian lobby vows to block same-sex marriage efforts in Australian capital

| Saturday, September 14, 2013
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CANBERRA, Australia -- The Australian Christian Lobby, a powerful anti-gay political faction, announced this week that it will exert pressure on Prime Minister-elect Tony Abbott, to override the Australian Capital Territory's proposed marriage equality law by passing a bill in the federal parliament to block the effort.

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Australian Prime Minister defends same-sex marriage

| Monday, September 2, 2013
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BRISBANE, Queensland, Australia -- Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, appearing Monday on an Australian national political program "Questions & Answers," defended his support for marriage equality in a spirited exchange in which he went toe-to-toe with a local pastor on the Biblical definition of marriage.

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Aussie coalition opposed to gay marriage promotes $200 marriage vouchers

| Wednesday, August 28, 2013
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CANBERRA, Australia -- Australia's Opposition leader Tony Abbott and his Liberal National Coalition, who are opposed to legalizing same-sex marriage down under, are offering a $200 voucher to couples who register to be married.

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Lives mislabeled: Gay or straight, left or right, this or that…

| Sunday, August 11, 2013
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One problem I have with labeling ourselves as a this or a that, is that it usually stems from adoption of the values most familiar to us as we grow into young adults. Once adopted it can be very difficult to abandon those labels, particularly if the culture we live in seems to suggest that any alternatives are forbidden. While we might be subjected to psychological manipulation to think of ourselves as being one thing or another, philosophical alternatives, discussions and attitudes may be well and truly concealed from our consciousness; even to the point of them being actively denied as worthy investigations.

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Push to legalize same-sex marriage in South Australia fails in State Parliament

| Thursday, July 25, 2013
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ADELAIDE, South Australia -- The South Australia State Parliament's lower house, in a voice roll-call on Wednesday, voted down a bill that would have legalized same-sex marriage at a state level for the first time in Australia.

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