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U.S. ambassador praises Australian gay rights progress, despite same-sex marriage ban

Monday, June 15, 2015
John Berry
John Berry, who is openly gay, told Australian marriage equality supporters that although their nation continues to ban same-sex marriage, it remains more progressive than his own in protecting the rights of gay employees. ...

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‘Christian’ couple say they’ll divorce in protest if Australia allows gay couples to wed

Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Nick and Sarah Jensen
A Canberra couple have vowed to get a divorce, ending their "sacred" 10-year union, if Australia legalizes same-sex marriage. ...

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Australian opposition party proposes marriage equality law

Monday, June 1, 2015
Bill Shorten
Center-left Labor Party leader Bill Shorten became the first leader of a major Australian political party to back a bill to overturn a national ban on same-sex marriage. ...

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Australian political party revives same-sex marriage debate following Ireland vote

Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Prime Minister Tony Abbott, a former Roman Catholic seminarian who opposes same-sex marriage, would not say Wednesday whether government lawmakers would be allowed a free vote.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott, a former Roman Catholic seminarian who opposes same-sex marriage, would not say Wednesday whether government lawmakers would be allowed a free vote. ...

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Australian Prime Minister brushes off snub to diplomat’s same-sex partner

Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Australian ambassador to France Stephen Brady (right) and his partner Peter Stephens.
Ambassador Stephen Brady offered to resign after a disagreement involving Prime Minister Tony Abbott's reception at an airport tin Paris. ...

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Mom corrects birth announcement in support of transgender son

Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Kai-Bogert
BRISBANE, Queensland, Australia -- The mother of a transgender teen has taken out a classified ad in a local newspaper "correcting" her son's birth announcement of 19 years ago. ...

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Australian Rugby Union announces measures to tackle discrimination

Friday, August 29, 2014
Brisbane Hustlers rugby players tackles a San Francisco Fog player during the Bingham Cup gay rugby tournament in Sydney, Australia, Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. The Australian Rugby Union today announced its new Inclusion Policy, which is designed to stamp out all forms of discrimination and homophobia in Rugby and ensure a positive environment for everyone involved in the game.
SYDNEY -- World Cup-winning captains John Eales and Nick Farr-Jones joined with the Australian Rugby Union on Friday for an anti-discrimination policy launch that coincided with the opening day of the Bingham Cup gay rugby tournament. ARU chief executive Bill ...

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‘Please Like Me’ lets its comic creator Josh Thomas be himself

Thursday, August 7, 2014
Josh Thomas
NEW YORK -- "I float around," says Josh Thomas, "and I've just been very lucky." The 27-year-old openly gay Australian comedian is trying to account for his success in what he'd argue is the absence of ambition or strategy. ...

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World-renowned AIDS researchers, activists perish in downed Malaysian jet

Thursday, July 17, 2014
People inspect the crash site of a a Malaysian jetliner plane near the village of Hrabove, Ukraine, Thursday, July 17, 2014. Ukraine said a passenger plane carrying 298 people was shot down Thursday as it flew over the country, and both the government and the pro-Russia separatists fighting in the region denied any responsibility for downing the plane.
SYDNEY -- Several passengers on board a Malaysian jetliner shot down over Ukraine were heading to an international AIDS conference in Australia, officials said Friday. "A number of people" on board the Boeing 777 were en route to the southern ...

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

Monday, July 14, 2014
David-Leyonhjelm
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 ...

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