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Gay rights groups outraged over straight men who married to win rugby tickets

Friday, September 12, 2014
Matt McCormick, left and Travis McIntosh
Gay rights groups in New Zealand are fuming over the legal, same-sex marriage between two heterosexual men in a radio station stunt in exchange for tickets to the Rugby World Cup to be held in the United Kingdom in 2015. Self-described best mates since childhood, Matt McCormick, 24, married engineering student Travis McIntos, 23, in a rugby stadium on Friday.

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International AIDS conference honors victims of downed jet

Monday, July 21, 2014
Dutch Ambassador for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and HIV/AIDS, Lambert Grijns speaks at the opening ceremony of the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne.
MELBOURNE, Australia -- An international AIDS conference opened in Australia on Sunday with a tribute to several delegates who were killed en route to the gathering when their plane was shot down over Ukraine. Officials at the opening ceremony for the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne held a moment of silence for the six AIDS researchers...

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Australia lawmaker: Gay marriage ban a ‘bizarre misappropriation of power’

Monday, July 14, 2014
An Australian lawmaker is challenging Prime Minister Tony Abbott to allow Members of Parliament a free vote on same-sex marriage and said he would introduce legislation to amend the federal marriage act as soon as that happens. Liberal Democratic Senator David Leyonhjelm said he hopes the “closet libertarians” in Parliament will support him...

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New Zealand to shorten ban on gay and bisexual blood donors

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- The New Zealand Blood Service (NZBS) is set to reduce the waiting period for HIV negative gay and bisexual men to donate blood.

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Australian court rejects gay marriage law, nullifies dozens of same-sex marriages

Wednesday, December 11, 2013
SYDNEY -- Australia's highest court struck down a landmark law on Thursday that had begun allowing the country's first gay marriages, shattering the dreams of dozens of same-sex newlyweds whose marriages will now be annulled less than a week after their weddings.

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First same-sex weddings held in Australian capital city

Saturday, December 7, 2013
Rob Griffith, APGay couples, back row from left, Craig Berry, Ulyses Garcia, Narelle Majic, Ashleigh Watson, Dennis Littelow and Stephen Dawson, front row from left, Joel Player, Alan Right, Samantha Hermes, Hayley Wilson, Ivan Hinton, and Chris Teoh, pose for photos after they all took their wedding vows during ceremonies throughout Canberra, Australia, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013.
CANBERRA, Australia — Gay and lesbian couples from around Australia joined in fragile marriages in Canberra on Saturday under the nation's beleaguered same-sex union laws that face a challenge in the courts within a week.

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Same-sex weddings begin in Australia, but marriages could be short lived

Friday, December 6, 2013
Rob Griffith, APWestern Australian politician Stephen Dawson, right, gives his husband Dennis Liddelow a kiss after they married in front of Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013.
[caption id="attachment_119545" align="alignleft" width="665"] Rob Griffith, APWestern Australian politician Stephen Dawson, right, gives his husband Dennis Liddelow a kiss after they married in front of Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013.[/caption] CANBERRA, Australia -- A state lawmaker and his partner dressed in...

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Same-sex couples in Australia capital allowed to wed ahead of court ruling

Tuesday, December 3, 2013
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CANBERRA, Australia -- Australia's first same-sex weddings can take place this weekend after the nation's highest court decided to rule next week on the law allowing gay marriage in the national capital.

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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
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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