Post Reply Australia adopts marriage equality.
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https://www.google.ca/amp/s/mobile.nytimes.com/2017/12/07/world/australia/gay-marriage-same-sex.amp.html

After a 13 year struggle, Australia has finally decided to legally recognize gay marriage. The fact that this passed by such a landslide vote and the sheer amount of celebrating going on marks a great victory for equality in Australia. Congrats to them for this big step forward in civil rights.

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Posted 12/7/17
Good. Hopefully there are no sneaky strings attached though.
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Good on Australia.
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Posted 12/7/17 , edited 12/7/17

Shipwright wrote:

Good. Hopefully there are no sneaky strings attached though.


From the article:


Mr. Turnbull noted that nothing in the legislation requires ministers or other celebrants to oversee weddings of gay couples or threatens the charity status of religious groups that oppose same-sex marriage, two concerns the lawmakers had raised.


I presume those would be the sneaky strings you're referring to?
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Good on you Australia have a Fosters it's Australian for beer


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Posted 12/7/17 , edited 12/7/17

octorockandroll wrote:


Shipwright wrote:

Good. Hopefully there are no sneaky strings attached though.


From the article:


Mr. Turnbull noted that nothing in the legislation requires ministers or other celebrants to oversee weddings of gay couples or threatens the charity status of religious groups that oppose same-sex marriage, two concerns the lawmakers had raised.


I presume those would be the sneaky strings you're referring to?


Well yes the impact on religious institutions is something to be concerned about, but the article does claim the legislation can't force religious institutions to hold gay marriages. I doubt this will prevent independent people from raising a fuss when they can't have their wedding where they want to, but there really isn't anyway to avoid that.

However, I'm more worried about the potential problems that the writer of the article may have chosen not to tell us about. I wouldn't be surprised if a few extra details we don't know about yet were thrown into that legislation or if this new legislation (which seems positive) might have some unforeseen negative consequences. This isn't to say that passing marriage equality laws isn't an achievement, but it is also best to be cautious of politicians when they try to give you a story that sounds happy (as they say, the only way you know a politician isn't lying is if he isn't talking).
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Posted 12/7/17 , edited 12/7/17
About damn time.

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Woot.
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At least I know who to not vote for.
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PrinceJudar wrote:
About damn time.



That would have saved us all from Boruto too.

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runec wrote:


PrinceJudar wrote:
About damn time.



That would have saved us all from Boruto too.



Well it's theur Shippudden designs, so at that point the quality had nowhere to go but up anyway.
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I heard this was happening!!! THIS IS SO AWESOME!!!!
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About time! Congrats to Australia.
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