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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 David Leyonhjelm said he hopes the “closet libertarians” in Parliament will support him...

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Tasmania lawmakers defer same-sex marriage debate to federal parliament

| Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Tasmania
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
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

| 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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Wife of likely Australia PM doesn’t support husband’s opposition to gay marriage

| Thursday, September 5, 2013
Margie Abbott
FORESTVILLE, New South Wales -- Margie Abbott, wife of the man many expect to be elected the next Prime Minister of Australia, indicated in a television interview Thursday that she does not necessarily support her husband's staunch opposition to same-sex 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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