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This is your last chance to vote for marriage equality in Australia

This is your last chance to vote for marriage equality in Australia

'Supporters of equality and fairness cannot be complacent'
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Latest News

Same-sex marriage could be legal in Australia by the end of 2017

Same-sex marriage could be legal in Australia by the end of 2017

Come on Australia, we know you can pass marriage equality!
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Dolly Parton calls for marriage equality in Australia

Dolly Parton calls for marriage equality in Australia

Our country queen has spoken, gay people should be allowed to get married
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Anglican Church donates $1million to support campaign against same-sex marriage

Anglican Church donates $1million to support campaign against same-sex marriage

The Anglican Church was literally created so King Henry VIII could redefine marriage
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History

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1788

Australia colonized by Great Britain, laws banning anal sex imported from the UK.

1949

The state of Victoria downgrades the punishment for anal-sex – it becomes punishable by 20 years imprisonment instead of by death.

1968

The first lobby group for gay and lesbian equality established in Australia, the Homosexual Law Reform Society.

1975

The state of South Australia decriminalizes homosexuality, and the age of consent is equalized in that state.

1978

The first Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade is held in Sydney. Police arrest 53 people.

1981

The state of Victoria decriminalizes homosexuality, and the age of consent is equalized in that state.

1982

The state of New South Wales passed legislation prohibiting discrimination based on sexuality.

1983

The Northern Territory decriminalizes homosexuality.

1984

The state of New South Wales decriminalizes homosexuality.

1985

The Australian Capital Territory decriminalizes homosexuality, and the age of consent is equalized in that territory.

1990

The state of Western Australia decriminalizes homosexuality.

The state of Queensland decriminalizes homosexuality.

1992

Gay men and lesbians no longer banned from serving in the military.

1994

The federal Australian Government passes the Human Rights (Sexual Conduct) Act. This legislation overrides all state and territory legislation relating to the sexual conduct of consenting adults.

1997

The state of Tasmania decriminalizes homosexuality.

2004

The Australian Capital Territory passes legislation that enables same-sex couples to adopt children.

The federal Australian Government amends the Marriage Act to explicitly exclude same-sex couples from marriage, defining marriage as the ‘union of a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life’.

2009

The federal Australian Government passes legislation that extends anti-discrimination protection to same-sex couples.

2010

The state of New South Wales passes legislation that enables same-sex couples to adopt children.

2013

The state of Tasmania passes legislation that enables same-sex couples to adopt children.

The Australian Capital Territory passes same-sex marriage legislation. This is ruled invalid by the High Court.

2015

The federal Australian Government commits to a national plebiscite on same-sex marriage, however the legislation required to enable this was not passed by parliament.

2016

The states of Victoria, Queensland, and South Australia all pass legislation that enables same-sex couples to adopt children.

2017

The federal Australian Government decided to proceed with a voluntary postal survey on same-sex marriage. The rationale given is that this fulfils the government’s commitment not to facilitate the introduction of same-sex marriage legislation until the Australian people have had their say.

12 September 2017

Postal ballot forms distributed to registered voters. The question being asked is: ‘Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?’ Voters are able to answer Yes or No. It is not compulsory to return the ballot.

7 November 2017

Final deadline for postal ballot forms to be returned.

15 November 2017

The results of the ballot will be announced. The results will be decided by a simple majority. The results of the vote are not binding on the government, but if the result is a majority for Yes, then it’s expected that legislation could be passed by parliament before the end of 2017. If the result is a majority for No, then there will not be a vote by parliament.

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