Home' LOTL : April 12 Contents Liberal MP Warren Entsch has vowed to
introduce a bill to legalise civil unions in
Australia if the current two bills to intro duce
same-sex marriag e fail to pass parliament.
Entsch, who has a strong track record of
supporting LGBT issues, said he did not believe
there was enough numbers to pass either the
Marriage Equality Amendment Bill 2012
introduced by Greens MP Adam Bandt or the
Marriage Amendment Bill 2012 by ALP MP
“I don’t believe it will [pass],” Entsch said on
ABC TV’s 7.30 Report, “I really don’t, and this is
from talking to members from all sides of politics.”
Austra lian Marriage Equality (AME) national
convenor Alex Greenwich said civil unions were
“ The world has moved passed civil unions and
Australians have opened their hearts to marriage
equality,” he said.
Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said
Entsch’s proposal would “entrench discrimination”.
“I have a lot of time for Warren Entsch but I feel
he’s belatedly joining the unstoppable campaign
for marriage equality with his outdated proposal
for civil unions,” she said.
Hanson-Young also urged ALP MPs to stay the
course on g ay marriage and not be seduced by a
civil unions alternative.
The legislative stoush comes as the first 46
submissions for Hanson-Young ’s Marriage
Equality Amendment Bill 2010 were published by
the Senate’s L egal and Constitutional Committee.
A slim majority of these, 25-21, do not support the
An online sur vey for Bandt’s bill to give the
House of Representatives Standing Committee
on So cial Policy and Legal Affairs an indication
of community support or opposition is open
until April 20. Visit: www.sur veymk.com/s/
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Adoption for Tassie?
The Tasmanian State government has proposed
to allow same-sex couples to be assessed as
potential adoptive parents of children given up by
their birth parents.
It’s a move widely accepted by gay lobby groups,
who claim gay couples are already nurturing
children via foster care arrangements.
“Same-sex couples have been fostering children
in Tasmania for many years and in some cases
it is in the child’s best interest to be adopted by
these foster parents”, said Tasmanian Gay and
Lesbian Rights Group spokesperson, Rodney
“Love is what makes a family, not the gender of
Croome said he expects a fair hearing for the
issue in the State’s Upper House.
I will civil union you for now
A lesbian couple became the first in Queensland
to celebrate a civil union following landmark
legislation in that state. Gold Coast pair Deborah
Owen and Peita Richards was one of 80 couples
who had registered on February 23 and had
to hold off on their official ceremony after a
mandatory 10-day “cooling off” period.
“We’re ecstatic, we’ve been waiting a long
time for this occasion,” Owen said. “It means
recognition and legal rights that we’ve always
wanted in our relationship, so it’s brilliant.”
The laws were spearheaded by Anna Bligh’s
Labor government, but the LNP will investigate
overturning the law should the party win power
Gay marriage became a toxic election issue
after Bob Katter’s Australia Party ran an ad
slamming LNP leader Campbell Newman’s
personal support of gay marriage, which was
Katter’s gay half-brother, Carl Katter then made
a 45-second GetUp! ad in response, telling
Queensland voters: “Our nation’s leaders
should not be telling the community that it’s
OK to discriminate... We shouldn’t have to put
up with politicians who appeal to the worst in
IN OTHER NEWS...
Lesbians do matter, say police
Lesbians are less likely to report crimes and
seek advice from police than g ay men, but a Mel-
bourne radio prog ram hopes to change that.
The Victoria Police GLLO Show, broadcast on
JOY 94.9 for more than three years, will dedicate
its hour to lesbian safety on the third Wednesday
of each month and be renamed, Lesbians Matter.
Senior Constable Gabrielle Tyacke, a Gay and
Lesbian Liason officer who will co-host the show
with Leenie Fabri, says lesbians do not rep ort as-
saults, c yber crimes or stalking issues anywhere
near as much as g ay men, and felt it was time to
re dress the problem.
“I think a lot of the problem is that the lesbian
community is much harder to reach,” she told
LOTL. “The gay and trans communities are a
bit more out there, in the clubs, they read the gay
papers and they listen to JOY. But lesbians aren’t
Tyacke said there was a tr ust issue with lesbians
and the police.
“I think we’ve done quite well with the GLLO
show and contacts within the community but
we’re not having as much contact with the lesbian
community, so the word isn’t spreading ,” she said.
“ We (lesbians) keep to ourselves sometimes and
we don’t want people thinking negatively about
us any more than they already do.”
Lesbians Matter will feature exp erts each
month, but Tyacke said they want lesbians to
direct the show by submitting questions and po -
tential topics. Details: firstname.lastname@example.org .au
Plan B to same-
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