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

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. ...

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A Christmas for Carol

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 ...

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Australian Governor-General backs same-sex marriage

APQuentin Bryce
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

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

Tony Abbott
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

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 ...

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Australian Prime Minister defends same-sex marriage

Kevin Rudd
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 ...

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Aussie coalition opposed to gay marriage promotes $200 marriage vouchers

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…

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 ...

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

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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