Home' LOTL : Jul 12 Contents Queensland Premier Campbell Newman
has announced his newly-elected conser vative
government will repeal the ceremonial aspect
of the state’s Civil Partnerships Act to placate
The Act will not be wholly rep ealed, as
previously expected, but same-sex couples
will no longer enjoy a state-sanctioned
“So that if you like, is the bit that for
people in Christian churches has been, if you
like, unacceptable to them because it sought
to emulate marriage,” Newman said.
Anti-gay marriage group, Australian
Christian Lobby, applauded the move.
“ We now have what is equal to a relationship
register,” said ACL’s Wendy Francis.
Newman has publicly supported gay
marriage, but gay lobby groups believe he has
caved to pressure from religious groups such
“Campbell Newman is wrong to water
down the Queensland civil union scheme,”
said Tasmanian Gay and Lesbian Rights
Group spokesperson, Rodney Croome.
“The Tasmanian scheme has had official
state sanctioned ceremonies for two years
and the sky hasn’t fallen in.”
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Gay marriage debate grinds on
A gay marketing consultant is trying to raise funds
for the Ice Cream Truck of Love, a frozen treat tour
of Australia to promote gay marriage.
Adrian Fernand’s truck will begin its journey in
Sydney and continue north to dish out treats,
and information on marriage equality. He said it’s
a reaction to politician Peter Madden’s anti-gay
rights protest truck tour.
The campaign’s motto is: “Marriage Equality for
everyone, no matter the flavour”. In a video on
icecreamtruckoflove.com Fernand says: “Our
truck will give out ice cream and spread the good
cheer surrounding marriage equality”,
timed in the
lead up to
on the issue
in the federal
The gay marriage debate is not just a storm in
a coffee cup. Just days after chain Gloria Jeans
was found to have contributed $30,000 to anti-
gay lobby group, Australian Christian Lobby (ACL),
Starbucks Australia has made a public statement
supporting marriage equality.
Via Facebook and Twitter it stated: “Core to who we
are and what we value as a company is our belief
in equal treatment of our partners (employees) and
our customers. It is with this in mind that Starbucks
Australia would like to publicly announce our proud
support of Marriage Equality for all.”
Starbucks in the US has been a vocal supporter
of equal rights, incurring a backlash from
conservative group National Organization for
Marriage which asked its followers to boycott the
“Starbucks’ stand is based on principle and
reflects the company’s concern that its staff and
customers are treated equally under the law,” said
Australian Marriage Equality national convenor
Hundreds of people turned out in Sydney and
Melbourne for a gay marriage themed broadcast
of Channel Seven’s Sunrise program.
The ‘I Do’ campaign was initiated by marie claire
editor Jackie Frank and lobby group GetUp!, with
celebs such as Rachael Taylor, Magda Szubanski,
Mel B and Charlotte Dawson signing on for a photo
shoot in the July issue.
The broadcast included a heated live debate
between openly lesbian Dr Kerryn Phelps, a Jewish
woman, and Jim Wallace from Australian Christian
Lobby. Wallace likened the program’s hosting
of the event to Nazi Germany propaganda. “This
whole campaign would do great credit to Joseph
Goebbels,” he said.
Crowds at Martin Place in Sydney and Bourke St
in Melbourne, including a contingent from LGBT
radio station JOY 94.9, wore #iDo T-shirts and well
outnumbered gay marriage opponents.
Dear Australia: #iDo
IN OTHER NEWS...
Great day for Danes
Same-sex couples in Denmark can now
legally wed after its government voted
through a new law 85-26.
The law allows gay couples to marry in any
church, although it’s believed one third of the
country’s priests say they’ll refuse to conduct
“The global momentum for marriage equality
is growing, leaving Australia further and
further behind,” said Tasmanian Gay and
Lesbian Rights Group spokesperson, Rodney
“It’s wonderful that same-sex couples are
now treated equally in Princess Mary’s
adopted country but a shame we are still
second class citizens in her country of origin.”
Pollies urged to have a conscience
Gay lobby groups have called on Victorian
premier Ted Baillieu to instigate a conscience
vote on a Greens marriage equality bill.
Greens MLC Sue Pennicuik introduced her
Marriage Equality Bill into the Upper House in
June. It will be up for debate later in the year.
Australian Marriage Equality national
convenor Alex Greenwich said: “If same-sex
couples can marry in Victoria it will show the
rest of the nation it has nothing to fear from
this important and overdue reform.”
Creamy truck of love
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