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Inequality is bad for you
The American Psychological Association (APA)
has called for marriage to be legal in all US
states, claiming such inequality may cause
undue stress and psychological hardship for
gay couples. The APA, the world’s largest body
of psychologists, passed a resolution at its
annual meeting to back “full marriage equality
for same-sex couples”.
It stated: “Emerging evidence suggests that
statewide campaigns to deny same-sex couples
legal access to civil marriage are a significant
source of stress to the lesbian, gay and bisexual
residents of those states and may have negative
effects on their psychological well-being.”
Currently only New York, Vermont, Iowa,
Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire,
and Washington DC have legalised gay marriage.
Marriage message en
The stage is being set for the largest ever contin-
gent of marriage equality supporters to travel to
Canberra to lobby MPs and senators on the issue.
Everyday lesbians are being asked to share their
stories online to support the cause for gay marriage.
The initiative is a collaboration of Australia’s most
fervent gay lobby groups, and aims to put consider-
able pressure on lawmakers.
“From Brisbane to Broome, Dennison to Darwin, we
need to demonstrate to our elected officials why
marriage equality matters to all Australians,” said
Corey Irlam from Australian Coalition for Equality.
“We are hoping that stories won’t just come from
same-sex couples. We also need to hear from our
straight family members and friends as well, so we
can remind MPs that marriage equality is an issue
that affects all Australians.”
Lesbians can share their story online at mymar-
riagestory.com.au. Those who wish to attend may
be eligible for “lobbying scholarships” to ease the
cost of travelling and staying in Canberra.
Letters / Local / Global / Gossip
Only months after finally publicly supporting
gay marriag e, federal Finance Minister Penny
Wo n g has announced she’s having a baby with
her lesbian par tner.
Wong ’s partner, South Australian public
ser vant Sophie Allouache, is preg nant following
IVF treatment with sperm from a known donor,
and is due in December.
“Like any expe cting parents, the prospect of
welcoming this child into our lives fills us both
with joy,” Wong said in a statement.
“ We are extremely grateful to our IVF ser vice
and staff, and to our donor, for giving us the
opportunity to raise a child tog ether.”
The pair will keep the identity of the father
se cret, as per his wishes.
Wong is Australia’s first out federal MP, and
is expe cted to spearhead the charg e for the gay
marriag e debate at the Labor par ty’s national
conference in December. Virtually all state ALP
branches have resolved to support it.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard congr atulated
her senior colleague. “I ’m ver y pleased for Penny
and her partner Sophie as they look for ward to a
new baby and the next phase of their lives,” she
But Gillard reiterated her stance on marriage
being only between a man and a woman.
“There are strong views in the political
party I lead, and we’ll have a debate at national
conference about those strongly held views. I’ve
made my views clear,” she said.
Mum’s the word for Penny
Indian wives in hiding
The first lesbian couple to be legally married in India is under police protection in a safe house after fears they could
be the victims of an honour killing. Savita, a 25-year-old university student and her wife Veena, 20, were married in
July. Savita was forced to marry against her will this year and left her husband after five months after revealing her
sexuality. A court granted her a divorce and approval to marry her then girlfriend. In the ceremony Savita was called
“husband” and Veena “wife”. But the couple received threats of “dire consequences” from friends and relatives in
their village, forcing the court to serve notice on 14 of Veena’s relatives and villagers and police to move the couple
to a safe house with security.
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