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Unified support in the ‘burbs
Same-sex marriage has groundswell support in the
Perth suburbs according to a new poll. Of the 200
surveyed by local LGBT paper OUTinPerth in the
suburbs of Joondalup and Armadale, 65 per cent
agreed the Gillard government should allow same-
sex marriage. Support was higher In Joondalup,
with 69 per cent agreeing, and 61 per cent all for
it in Armadale. The paper reports that former Perth
polls have yielded similar results. The December
2010 Westpoll of 400 WA residents found 61 per
cent of participants were in favour of gay marriage
and a 2010 Galaxy Poll surveyed 124 WA residents
and found 59 per cent of residents were in favour.
Sunday best for New-Yorkers
The race is on in New York to tie the knot following
the historic passing of same-sex marriage laws,
with some registries planning to open on a Sunday.
The legislation is effective July 24 so some regis-
tries are planning a special open day to allow gay
couples to get their wedding licence, and marry
after the required 24-hour window has passed.
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Lady Gag a has appealed to Julia Gillard to
support same-sex marriag e, at the same time
believing she was a lesbian.
The mix-up occurred during an inter view with
Tracey Grimshaw during the star ’s flying visit to
Sydney. Grimshaw asked if she thought it was
hypocritical of the PM to live in the Lodge with
her “partner” while disapproving of gay marriag e.
Gaga repor tedly gave a ver y strongly worded
answer, but then checked off air if Gillard really
was gay. When it was made clear Gillard’s partner
is Tim Mathieson, the question was re-shot.
Gillard resisted any attempt by Gag a to chang e
her stance on this issue.
“I ’m conscious that she made a statement
yesterday on TV about same-sex marriag e in
Australia,” she told Melbourne talkback radio.
“Lady Gag a will continue to have her view and I’ll
continue to have mine, and no -one will confuse
the two of us.”
Gillard hinted on SkyNews that she may veto
any moves by the ALP
National Conference in December to adopt same-
sex marriage as a party policy platform. “ What the
National Conference does is it sets the platform,
the aspirations for our political party. But always
Labor Caucus in government makes de cisions on
government policy,” she said.
Gillard won’t go
Gaga for reform
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Safe schools? Read all about it
A new booklet encourages same-sex attracted
youth in Victoria to help stamp out homophobic
behaviour in their schools. An Australian first, the
STAND OUT Against Homophobia in Schools is
a joint initiative by Safe Schools Coalition Victoria
and youth group Minus18, designed to combat
alarming statistics: 75 per cent of same-sex attracted
young people experience some form of homophobic
abuse and 80 per cent of it takes place in schools.
The booklet provides tips on how to form
in-school diversity groups, put up posters with
pro -gay messages and ways for students to report
homophobic abuse, such as name calling and cyber
bullying. It also includes personal stories from
students who have defended their rights against
abuse and formed diversity groups, such as SSAYF
- (Same Sex Attracted Youth and Friends) at Mac.
Robertson Girls’ High.
Roz Ward, coordinator of Safe Schools Coalition
Victoria, says the booklet, available online and
through Minus 18, could b e life-altering.
“I think students have the potential to radically
change their school experience,” she told LOTL.
“In schools where students have taken up the fight
against homophobia it can change the culture of
the school, can change the attitudes of teachers and
So far 35 Victorian schools have joined the
Coalition and support the initiative. Ward said
it may seem harder to stamp out homophobia in
religious schools, but there was “common ground”.
“Treating people how you’d wish to be treated, love
thy neighbour and all those universal moral values
you can apply to this and say, well, regardless about
what you think about being gay, we can all agree
homophobia is wrong and we shouldn’t have to put
up with that,” she said.
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