Tag Archives: marriage equality
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It’s the elite who are holding us back on queer rights, not the general population

Time and time again, the Parliamentary elites are using whatever means necessary to hold back queer issues, not the general population, writes Simon Copland. Originally published in SBS Sexuality, 30 September 2016 It happened late at night, surprising everyone.  Last week, Labor MPs in South Australia rushed a vote on a new bill that would […]

An employee serves a customer inside a Telstra Corp. Discovery store in Melbourne, Australia, on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. Telstra, Australia's biggest phone company, is scheduled to report half-year results on Feb. 18. Photographer: Carla Gottgens/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Telstra and the harsh lesson of seeking moral support from corporate giants

While many will cheer Telstra’s latest backdown as a big victory, should we be more skeptical? Originally published in SBS Sexuality, 19 April, 2016. Yesterday, telecommunications giant Telstra performed quite the gymnastic feat by executing a double backflip on their position on marriage equality and confusing everyone in the meantime. Succumbing to increasing community pressure, […]

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MAY 23:   A gay couple kiss in Dublin Castle Square as the result of the referendum is relayed on May 23, 2015 in Dublin, Ireland. Voters in the Republic of Ireland were taking part in a referendum on legalising same-sex marriage on Friday. The referendum was held 22 years after Ireland decriminalised homosexuality with more than 3.2m people being asked whether they want to amend the country's constitution to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry. Ireland voted overwhelmingly to legalise same-sex marriage in a historic referendum. More than 62% voted in favour of amending the country's constitution to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry. It is the first country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage through a popular vote. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

The case for a marriage plebiscite

Could a public vote on same-sex marriage actually be beneficial to the cause? Simon Copland thinks so. Originally published in SBS Sexuality, 28 January, 2016.  The legitimacy of the proposed marriage equality plebiscite has again been called into question after government MPs Eric Abetz, Cory Bernardi and Bridget McKenzie declared they would not vote for […]

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The “new” marriage equality strategy is bound to be a failure

When Australian Marriage Equality announced their new strategy on Monday to win over 8 MPs that are needed in order to make marriage equality a reality, Simon Copland was skeptical. Here he explains why.  Originally published in the Sydney Star Observer, 15 October, 2015 WHAT do you call it when the so-called conservative Catholic countries […]