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After just 18 months on the stands, Cosmopolitan Bride
magazine has soared to the position of number one
bridal magazine in Australia. Unlike most bridal magazines,
the publication has expressed a commitment to depicting
brides of all cultures and sexualities with the Summer 2003
issue featuring the commitment ceremony of lesbian couple
Abbie and Michelle. "We've had great feedback, and we just
want to go forward," editor Rebecca Lowrey told LOTL. Due to
the positive response to their lesbian editorial, Cosmo Bride
will feature a gay or lesbian wedding each month and
encourages lesbian brides to approach the magazine by
But in a poll conducted by Newspoll exclusively for SBS
World News on gay and lesbian rights to marry it was
revealed that a majority of Australians are against same sex
marriage, with males and older people against it (44%),
and with females and younger adults more supportive (38%).
18 per cent were uncommitted (www.theworldnews.com.au).
Last week, the federal government's Marriage Act
Amendment Bill which plans to clarify marriage as the union
of a man and a woman "to the exclusion of all others" passed
through the House and will now go to a Senate inquiry for
debate. Labor's proposed amendments to the bill, which also
bans recognising same sex marriages and adoptions from
overseas, were knocked back. Tanya Plibersek MP, Member
for Sydney, spoke out against Prime Minister Howard's
"white picket fence" view of Australian families.
"It is absurd that in 2004 we have a government that
refuses to acknowledge the existence of same sex families.
I know many same sex couples, especially in my electorate of
Sydney, who have loving and genuine relationships and have
formed loving and genuine families with their children. By
refusing to recognise same sex relationships, and by further
entrenching this with the Marriage Legislation Amendment
Bill 2004, the government is sending the very wrong message
that it is ok to discriminate against a person on the basis of
their sexuality," said Ms Plibersek.
The Greens and Senator Kerry Nettle continue to protest
the government's same sex marriage ban and have urged all
parliamentarians concerned with human rights "to take a
firm stand against the government's attacks on same sex
couples. We are introducing a private member's bill that will
ensure that people in same-sex relationships enjoy the same
rights as people in heterosexual relationships by abolishing all
sexuality-based discrimination relating to marriage but also
to adoption, superannuation, employment entitlements,
access to health ser vices and IVF, and the age of consent.
A copy of this bill can be found at http://www.kerrynettle.
org.au/300_campaigns_sub.php?&deptItemID=36 along with
an online petition.
GIRL ART Girlz Gaze, a performance art project exploring
sexual identities of young women in Western Sydney is looking
for participants 16--25 to work collaboratively on the project
made possible through the NSW Ministry for the Arts 2004
Western Sydney Artists' Fellowship. Women from Indigenous
and culturally diverse communities are strongly encouraged to
participate. Workshops will take place between August and
October. For more info email firstname.lastname@example.org
FOSTERING DOCS is looking for people who can provide
crisis, short term, respite or long term care especially for
children 5 years in need of a safe and secure home
environment. They also need carers for siblings, so brothers
and sisters can stay together. Indigenous foster carers in
Sydney's southern and eastern are urgently required. For
more information please call (02) 9245 1741.
DUE TO THE POSITIVE RESPONSE TO THEIR LESBIAN
EDITORIAL, COSMO BRIDE WILL FEATURE A GAY OR
LESBIAN WEDDING EACH MONTH AND ENCOURAGES
LESBIAN BRIDES TO APPROACH THE MAGAZINE
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