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Christine Forster responds to brother Tony Abbott's 'vote no' campaign on same-sex marriageNEWS.com.au
Abbott 'outsiders' argument pollutes same-sex marriage debateThe Australian
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Jonathon Hunyor, right, CEO of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre arrives the law courts with solicitors Laura Lombardo and Camilla Pandolfini, left, in Sydney, Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, to lodge an application in the High Court for an injunction to prevent a vote on gay marriage through a non-binding ballot by mail. The so-called postal plebiscite has never been tried in Australia and faces court challenges by gay-rights advocates who want Parliament to legislate marriage equality now without an opinion poll. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft) Jonathon Hunyor, right, CEO of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre arrives the law courts with solicitors Laura Lombardo and Camilla Pandolfini, left, in Sydney, Thursday, Aug.

10, 2017, to lodge an application in the High Court for an injunction to prevent a vote on gay marriage through a non-binding ballot by mail. The so-called postal plebiscite has never been tried in Australia and faces court challenges by gay-rights advocates who want Parliament to legislate marriage equality now without an opinion poll. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

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Supreme Court decision on gay marriage shapes perception of social norms, studies conclude – ABA Journal

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The U.S. Supreme Court decision finding a constitutional right to gay marriage changed the perception of social norms, according to a new study.

Rand Corp. researcher Margaret Tankard and Princeton professor Elizabeth Levy Paluck came to that conclusion based on two studies, before and after the June 2015 decision, Obergefell v. Hedges. NBC News noted the research (PDF).

The first study recruited more than 1,600 people before the decision to test attitudes after reading an article about the upcoming case. One version of the article said the Supreme Court was likely to rule in favor of gay marriage, while a second version said the court was unlikely to do so.

Participants were asked a series of questions about how much they believe support for gay marriage will increase; how much momentum there is to make gay marriage legal; their own opinions on making gay marriage legal; their opinion toward gay people, and their trust in the Supreme Court.

Those who were told the Supreme Court was likely to rule for gay marriage perceived more support for gay marriage and greater momentum for the issue. Attitudes in support of gay marriage and gays were also more positive than those in the other group.

The second study of 1,063 people asked the same series of questions, before and after the decision. The Supreme Court decision was associated with a significant shift in perceived social norms in favor of gay marriage, but did not change personal opinions about gay marriage or gay people, this study found.

Liberals and conservatives in both studies had similar changes in their perceptions of social norms.

Changes in perceived social norms matter because people often use their perceptions of what is common or accepted as a guide for their own behavior, the researchers say.

What we are seeing is evidence that people interpreted the Supreme Court decision as signaling widespread change in societyincreasing support for same-sex marriage, Tankard said in an interview with NBC. The study shows us that development in society at the institutional or policy level affects how we think about an issue. It affects the political climate, what we understand to be common, normal or accepted.

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Haiti May Ban Gay Marriage, Public Support for LGBTQ Rights … – NBCNews.com

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti A gay rights group in Haiti said Monday it is fighting to head off a proposed law that would ban same-sex marriage as well as any public demonstrations in favor of LGBTQ people in the Caribbean country.

A bill passed by the Haitian Senate last week provides for up to three years in prison and a fine of about $8,000 for either party to a marriage not between a man and a woman. The bill also would prohibit any public support or advocacy for LGBTQ rights.

Haitian law already specifically defines marriage as between a man and a woman.

Related: Australian Leader Says Gay Marriage Could Be Law This Year

Charlot Jeudy of the gay rights organization Kouraj said the legislation would violate Haitis constitution and his group will try to persuade members of the Chamber of Deputies to reject it.

We have the right to protest and we have the right to be who we are and we have the right to be free, Jeudy said in an interview.

Jeudy said his group has been collecting signatures on a petition that it hopes to present to sympathetic lawmakers in the chamber. A vote has not yet been scheduled.

LGBTQ people have long faced discrimination in Haiti. In September, a cultural festival celebrating the community in Port-au-Prince was canceled the after organizers received threats and a local government official said he would prohibit the event he said violates the countrys moral values.

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‘Vile’ preview of what’s to come as gay marriage opponents prepare plebiscite campaigns – NEWS.com.au

The government has lost a vote to bring on a same-sex marriage plebiscite in the Senate.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says concern for the mental health of LGBTI people is the weakest argument against a plebiscite. Picture: Gary Ramage

FORMER prime minister Tony Abbott has kicked off his campaign against for the no vote against same sex marriage.

Speaking to reporters in Canberra Mr Abbott this morning said he would encourage people to vote against marriage reform to stop political correctness in its tracks.

If you dont like same-sex marriage vote no, he said.

If youre worried about religious freedom and free speech vote no, if you dont like political correctness, vote no.

The vocal backbenchers comments come as same-sex marriage opponents ramp up their campaigns to achieve a no result in the upcoming plebiscite.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull yesterday announced people would have almost two months to vote in the postal plebiscite, meaning supporters and opponents would have just as long to campaign for their desires results.

It was confirmed the government would push ahead with the postal plebiscite after its bill for a compulsory plebiscite on November 25 failed to pass the Senate this morning for the second time.

Groups against same sex marriage have already begun printing booklets and preparing advertising material that gay rights groups believe could be harmful to the mental health of young gay and lesbian Australians.

Weve already seen a preview of what one group has planned, with Fairfax Media publishing leaflets authorised by former Liberal MP Chris Miles warning of what it says are the consequences of same-sex marriage.

Married biological parents have a better record for providing safety and development of healthy, well-adjusted adult children. They minimise abuse and neglect of children, the pamphlet reads.

In a list headed The Facts, the document suggests children raised by gay parents are more likely to be unemployed and abuse drugs, and are more prone to suicide.

Anti-same sex marriage groups are preparing their promotional materials for an aggressive campaign.Source:Supplied

When the pamphlets were first revealed, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten labelled them vile.

The Australian Christian Lobby, one of the fiercest opponents and most high profile groups against same-sex marriage, is planning to launch a full-scale campaign to convince the voting population that the Marriage Act should not change.

Though its understood there will be no government funding supplied on either side of the debate, the ACL is not letting that hold it back, and will rely on private supporters to pay for the aggressive advertising it has planned.

Mr Shelton says this makes his side of the debate the underdog.

We understand there wont be any funding, for no one. That makes it particularly difficult to our side because we dont have Qantas and Alan Joyce and corporate Australia behind us, he told 2GB on Tuesday night.

Were going to see another situation like Ireland where you saw 10s of millions in overseas money coming in to influence the debate.

The public campaign against same sex marriage leading up to Irelands 2015 national referendum was found to have made young LGBTI people depressed, angry and feel marginalised.

A University of Queensland study last year found peoples health was affected as the no campaign gained traction.

Irish people were bombarded with aggressive television advertisements focusing on the alleged impact of gay marriage on children.

Voters were told if legislation was changed they risked their children being encouraged to cross dress and included lines like if you think a mothers love is irreplaceable, vote no.

Announcing the dates for the vote that would decide whether parliamentarians would vote on changing the marriage act, Mr Turnbull yesterday he was confident Australians would be able to handle the campaign.

There are arguments against having a plebiscite, I understand that, the Prime Minister said.

But the weakest argument of all, which I think has no basis, is that the Australian people arent capable of having a respectful discussion on this issue.

As the governments first preference for a compulsory national vote on November 25 has been rejected by the Senate for a second time, it will push ahead with a voluntary postal plebiscite. Forms to be sent out next month, and responses will be due mid November.

Australian Christian Lobby Managing Director Lyle Shelton is expected to be a dominant voice in the no campaign. Picture: Mick Tsikas/AAPSource:AAP

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Australian leader says gay marriage could be law this year – ABC News

Australia’s prime minister said Tuesday that Parliament could legalize gay marriage this year if the nation’s voters endorse it in a rare nonbinding poll in November.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said he expected the public would support marriage equality in the so-called plebiscite, and that he would personally campaign for a ‘yes’ vote. It would be only the fourth time in Australian history, and first time in 43 years, that the government puts a legally nonbinding question to the electorate.

“I have other calls on my time as prime minister, but I will certainly support a ‘yes’ vote,” Turnbull told reporters.

The conservative Liberal Party-led coalition was narrowly re-elected in July 2016 with a promise to let voters decide whether Australia should recognize same-sex marriage through a popular vote. But the Senate in November blocked the plebiscite, which would cost 170 million Australian dollars ($135 million) and promote a divisive public debate.

The Liberal Party held a crisis meeting late Monday to resolve infighting and rejected a push to allow lawmakers to decide the issue now.

The government on Tuesday endorsed the party decision to ask the Senate this week to reconsider allowing the plebiscite, which would be held Nov. 25. Voting would be compulsory and failure to vote would be punishable by a fine, though a voluntary vote would be held if the Senate again rejects the measure.

If most Australians want gay marriage, the Parliament would vote on legislation before the last two-week session of Parliament of the year ends on Dec. 7.

“Strong leaders carry out their promises, weak leaders break them,” Turnbull told reporters.

Gay-rights advocates say enough lawmakers already back marriage equality to make same-sex marriage legal in Australia now. For the first time in Australian history, both the prime minister and opposition leader back the reform.

Rights advocates see the plebiscite as both a delaying tactic forced by a hard right-wing minority and a strategy to undermine political support.

Opponents of the plebiscite argue that the government-funded advertising campaigns for the cases for and against would give authority to bigoted and homophobic arguments. Supporters say it would give ordinary people a voice in a debate dominated by activists.

If the Senate again blocks the plebiscite, the government intends to hold a voluntary postal plebiscite by Nov. 15. Voters would mail in their opinions instead of using ballot boxes at a cost of up to AU$122 million ($97 million). Responses would be voluntary and therefore less indicative of public opinion.

Opponents argue that the postal plebiscite would also need Senate approval, and have threatened a court challenge if it proceeds. Turnbull said he is confident that the postal option did not need Senate endorsement.

Finance Minister Mathias Cormann, the government’s deputy Senate leader and an opponent of same-sex marriage, said some type of plebiscite is essential if Parliament is to decide the marriage equality question.

Opposition leader Bill Shorten dismissed a plebiscite as “a colossal waste of money and time.”

“Yet again the hopes of people who want to be able to marry the person they love have been dashed by a weak prime minister and the right wing of the Liberal Party,” Shorten said.

“We should just get on and have a vote on marriage equality straight away in the Parliament,” he added.

Lyle Shelton, managing director of the Australian Christian Lobby, said his advocacy group had collected 55,000 signatures on a petition demanding a plebiscite.

Sheldon handed the petition to Sen. Cory Bernardi, leader of the minor Australian Conservatives party, to present to the Senate. Bernardi has said he would vote against gay marriage regardless of what the plebiscite found.

Mark Moody-Basedow and his wife, Vicki, celebrated the new plebiscite plan and their second wedding anniversary by posing for photos outside Parliament House in what they described as the medieval-style outfits that they wore on their wedding day.

Vicki Moody-Basedow designed the couple’s white costumes, embroidered with “righteousness,” ”holiness” and “Jesus.” She said they believed in “traditional marriage,” but added that the majority view should prevail in Australia.

“It’s the right of every Australian citizen to be able to say what they think about this topic, so I think the plebiscite is a great idea,” she said.

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Nation’s Sexual Degenerates Impatient For Gay Marriage Slippery Slope To Kick In – The Onion (satire)

WASHINGTONAssuming theyd be stripping away the moral fabric of society almost immediately after the Supreme Courts 2015 decision to legalize same-sex marriage, the nations degenerates reported Monday that they have grown impatient for the gay marriage slippery slope to kick in. We were promised that when gay marriage was legalized, itd only be a matter of time before sickos like me would be having sex with our petswell, Ive got a dog and a cat I still havent fucked, said an exasperated Alan Beleski, 42, one of the deviants from across the country who told reporters they were tired of waiting for the inevitable collapse in decency that would normalize acts such as bestiality, incest, and necrophilia. Goddammit, whats taking so long? When gay marriages were finally recognized in this country, I thought, Hell yeah! I can finally openly proclaim my love for my sex doll, and I can also legally marry five other dolls because polygamys A-okay, too. But all that seems like a million years ago. At press time, the nations degenerates took small comfort in states like Massachusetts where, with parental and court approval, a child can be married off at any age.

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Haiti may ban gay marriage, public support for LGBTQ rights – WGN-TV

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti A gay rights group in Haiti says it is fighting to head off a proposed law that would ban same-sex marriage and prohibit any public demonstrations in favor of LGBTQ people in the Caribbean country.

A bill passed by the Haitian Senate last week provides for up to three years in prison and a fine of about $8,000 for either party to a marriage not between a man and a woman. The bill also would ban any public support or advocacy for LGBTQ rights.

Haitian law already specifically defines marriage as between a man and a woman.

Charlot Jeudy of the gay rights organization Kouraj said Monday that the legislation would violate the constitution and his group will try to persuade members of the Chamber of Deputies to reject it.

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Tony Abbott and sister’s gay marriage row goes public – BBC News

BBC News Tony Abbott and sister's gay marriage row goes public BBC News We have no inside information on Christmas moods at the home of these Australian siblings and party colleagues but we can't imagine the conversation over the prawns and mango stays festive and airy when the topic of same-sex marriage comes up. Christine Forster responds to brother Tony Abbott's 'vote no' campaign on same-sex marriage NEWS.com.au Abbott 'outsiders' argument pollutes same-sex marriage debate The Australian Gay marriage vote is not being PC: Govt MP Sky News Australia Herald Sun  – The West Australian all 36 news articles »

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Jonathon Hunyor, right, CEO of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre arrives the law courts with solicitors Laura Lombardo and Camilla Pandolfini, left, in Sydney, Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, to lodge an application in the High Court for an injunction to prevent a vote on gay marriage through a non-binding ballot by mail. The so-called postal plebiscite has never been tried in Australia and faces court challenges by gay-rights advocates who want Parliament to legislate marriage equality now without an opinion poll. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft) Jonathon Hunyor, right, CEO of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre arrives the law courts with solicitors Laura Lombardo and Camilla Pandolfini, left, in Sydney, Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, to lodge an application in the High Court for an injunction to prevent a vote on gay marriage through a non-binding ballot by mail. The so-called postal plebiscite has never been tried in Australia and faces court challenges by gay-rights advocates who want Parliament to legislate marriage equality now without an opinion poll. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

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Supreme Court decision on gay marriage shapes perception of social norms, studies conclude – ABA Journal

U.S. Supreme Court Posted August 9, 2017, 7:00 am CDT By Debra Cassens Weiss Shutterstock.com The U.S. Supreme Court decision finding a constitutional right to gay marriage changed the perception of social norms, according to a new study. Rand Corp. researcher Margaret Tankard and Princeton professor Elizabeth Levy Paluck came to that conclusion based on two studies, before and after the June 2015 decision, Obergefell v. Hedges. NBC News noted the research (PDF). The first study recruited more than 1,600 people before the decision to test attitudes after reading an article about the upcoming case. One version of the article said the Supreme Court was likely to rule in favor of gay marriage, while a second version said the court was unlikely to do so. Participants were asked a series of questions about how much they believe support for gay marriage will increase; how much momentum there is to make gay marriage legal; their own opinions on making gay marriage legal; their opinion toward gay people, and their trust in the Supreme Court. Those who were told the Supreme Court was likely to rule for gay marriage perceived more support for gay marriage and greater momentum for the issue. Attitudes in support of gay marriage and gays were also more positive than those in the other group. The second study of 1,063 people asked the same series of questions, before and after the decision. The Supreme Court decision was associated with a significant shift in perceived social norms in favor of gay marriage, but did not change personal opinions about gay marriage or gay people, this study found. Liberals and conservatives in both studies had similar changes in their perceptions of social norms. Changes in perceived social norms matter because people often use their perceptions of what is common or accepted as a guide for their own behavior, the researchers say. What we are seeing is evidence that people interpreted the Supreme Court decision as signaling widespread change in societyincreasing support for same-sex marriage, Tankard said in an interview with NBC. The study shows us that development in society at the institutional or policy level affects how we think about an issue. It affects the political climate, what we understand to be common, normal or accepted.

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti A gay rights group in Haiti said Monday it is fighting to head off a proposed law that would ban same-sex marriage as well as any public demonstrations in favor of LGBTQ people in the Caribbean country. A bill passed by the Haitian Senate last week provides for up to three years in prison and a fine of about $8,000 for either party to a marriage not between a man and a woman. The bill also would prohibit any public support or advocacy for LGBTQ rights. Haitian law already specifically defines marriage as between a man and a woman. Related: Australian Leader Says Gay Marriage Could Be Law This Year Charlot Jeudy of the gay rights organization Kouraj said the legislation would violate Haitis constitution and his group will try to persuade members of the Chamber of Deputies to reject it. We have the right to protest and we have the right to be who we are and we have the right to be free, Jeudy said in an interview. Jeudy said his group has been collecting signatures on a petition that it hopes to present to sympathetic lawmakers in the chamber. A vote has not yet been scheduled. LGBTQ people have long faced discrimination in Haiti. In September, a cultural festival celebrating the community in Port-au-Prince was canceled the after organizers received threats and a local government official said he would prohibit the event he said violates the countrys moral values. Follow NBC Out on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram

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‘Vile’ preview of what’s to come as gay marriage opponents prepare plebiscite campaigns – NEWS.com.au

The government has lost a vote to bring on a same-sex marriage plebiscite in the Senate. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says concern for the mental health of LGBTI people is the weakest argument against a plebiscite. Picture: Gary Ramage FORMER prime minister Tony Abbott has kicked off his campaign against for the no vote against same sex marriage. Speaking to reporters in Canberra Mr Abbott this morning said he would encourage people to vote against marriage reform to stop political correctness in its tracks. If you dont like same-sex marriage vote no, he said. If youre worried about religious freedom and free speech vote no, if you dont like political correctness, vote no. The vocal backbenchers comments come as same-sex marriage opponents ramp up their campaigns to achieve a no result in the upcoming plebiscite. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull yesterday announced people would have almost two months to vote in the postal plebiscite, meaning supporters and opponents would have just as long to campaign for their desires results. It was confirmed the government would push ahead with the postal plebiscite after its bill for a compulsory plebiscite on November 25 failed to pass the Senate this morning for the second time. Groups against same sex marriage have already begun printing booklets and preparing advertising material that gay rights groups believe could be harmful to the mental health of young gay and lesbian Australians. Weve already seen a preview of what one group has planned, with Fairfax Media publishing leaflets authorised by former Liberal MP Chris Miles warning of what it says are the consequences of same-sex marriage. Married biological parents have a better record for providing safety and development of healthy, well-adjusted adult children. They minimise abuse and neglect of children, the pamphlet reads. In a list headed The Facts, the document suggests children raised by gay parents are more likely to be unemployed and abuse drugs, and are more prone to suicide. Anti-same sex marriage groups are preparing their promotional materials for an aggressive campaign.Source:Supplied When the pamphlets were first revealed, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten labelled them vile. The Australian Christian Lobby, one of the fiercest opponents and most high profile groups against same-sex marriage, is planning to launch a full-scale campaign to convince the voting population that the Marriage Act should not change. Though its understood there will be no government funding supplied on either side of the debate, the ACL is not letting that hold it back, and will rely on private supporters to pay for the aggressive advertising it has planned. Mr Shelton says this makes his side of the debate the underdog. We understand there wont be any funding, for no one. That makes it particularly difficult to our side because we dont have Qantas and Alan Joyce and corporate Australia behind us, he told 2GB on Tuesday night. Were going to see another situation like Ireland where you saw 10s of millions in overseas money coming in to influence the debate. The public campaign against same sex marriage leading up to Irelands 2015 national referendum was found to have made young LGBTI people depressed, angry and feel marginalised. A University of Queensland study last year found peoples health was affected as the no campaign gained traction. Irish people were bombarded with aggressive television advertisements focusing on the alleged impact of gay marriage on children. Voters were told if legislation was changed they risked their children being encouraged to cross dress and included lines like if you think a mothers love is irreplaceable, vote no. Announcing the dates for the vote that would decide whether parliamentarians would vote on changing the marriage act, Mr Turnbull yesterday he was confident Australians would be able to handle the campaign. There are arguments against having a plebiscite, I understand that, the Prime Minister said. But the weakest argument of all, which I think has no basis, is that the Australian people arent capable of having a respectful discussion on this issue. As the governments first preference for a compulsory national vote on November 25 has been rejected by the Senate for a second time, it will push ahead with a voluntary postal plebiscite. Forms to be sent out next month, and responses will be due mid November. Australian Christian Lobby Managing Director Lyle Shelton is expected to be a dominant voice in the no campaign. Picture: Mick Tsikas/AAPSource:AAP

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Miami Herald Irish PM: 'Matter of time' for N. Ireland and gay marriage Miami Herald Ireland's prime minister says it is “only a matter of time” before same-sex marriage is legalized in Northern Ireland the only part of the United Kingdom where it still is banned. Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, Ireland's first openly gay leader, made … and more »

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Australian leader says gay marriage could be law this year – ABC News

Australia’s prime minister said Tuesday that Parliament could legalize gay marriage this year if the nation’s voters endorse it in a rare nonbinding poll in November. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said he expected the public would support marriage equality in the so-called plebiscite, and that he would personally campaign for a ‘yes’ vote. It would be only the fourth time in Australian history, and first time in 43 years, that the government puts a legally nonbinding question to the electorate. “I have other calls on my time as prime minister, but I will certainly support a ‘yes’ vote,” Turnbull told reporters. The conservative Liberal Party-led coalition was narrowly re-elected in July 2016 with a promise to let voters decide whether Australia should recognize same-sex marriage through a popular vote. But the Senate in November blocked the plebiscite, which would cost 170 million Australian dollars ($135 million) and promote a divisive public debate. The Liberal Party held a crisis meeting late Monday to resolve infighting and rejected a push to allow lawmakers to decide the issue now. The government on Tuesday endorsed the party decision to ask the Senate this week to reconsider allowing the plebiscite, which would be held Nov. 25. Voting would be compulsory and failure to vote would be punishable by a fine, though a voluntary vote would be held if the Senate again rejects the measure. If most Australians want gay marriage, the Parliament would vote on legislation before the last two-week session of Parliament of the year ends on Dec. 7. “Strong leaders carry out their promises, weak leaders break them,” Turnbull told reporters. Gay-rights advocates say enough lawmakers already back marriage equality to make same-sex marriage legal in Australia now. For the first time in Australian history, both the prime minister and opposition leader back the reform. Rights advocates see the plebiscite as both a delaying tactic forced by a hard right-wing minority and a strategy to undermine political support. Opponents of the plebiscite argue that the government-funded advertising campaigns for the cases for and against would give authority to bigoted and homophobic arguments. Supporters say it would give ordinary people a voice in a debate dominated by activists. If the Senate again blocks the plebiscite, the government intends to hold a voluntary postal plebiscite by Nov. 15. Voters would mail in their opinions instead of using ballot boxes at a cost of up to AU$122 million ($97 million). Responses would be voluntary and therefore less indicative of public opinion. Opponents argue that the postal plebiscite would also need Senate approval, and have threatened a court challenge if it proceeds. Turnbull said he is confident that the postal option did not need Senate endorsement. Finance Minister Mathias Cormann, the government’s deputy Senate leader and an opponent of same-sex marriage, said some type of plebiscite is essential if Parliament is to decide the marriage equality question. Opposition leader Bill Shorten dismissed a plebiscite as “a colossal waste of money and time.” “Yet again the hopes of people who want to be able to marry the person they love have been dashed by a weak prime minister and the right wing of the Liberal Party,” Shorten said. “We should just get on and have a vote on marriage equality straight away in the Parliament,” he added. Lyle Shelton, managing director of the Australian Christian Lobby, said his advocacy group had collected 55,000 signatures on a petition demanding a plebiscite. Sheldon handed the petition to Sen. Cory Bernardi, leader of the minor Australian Conservatives party, to present to the Senate. Bernardi has said he would vote against gay marriage regardless of what the plebiscite found. Mark Moody-Basedow and his wife, Vicki, celebrated the new plebiscite plan and their second wedding anniversary by posing for photos outside Parliament House in what they described as the medieval-style outfits that they wore on their wedding day. Vicki Moody-Basedow designed the couple’s white costumes, embroidered with “righteousness,” ”holiness” and “Jesus.” She said they believed in “traditional marriage,” but added that the majority view should prevail in Australia. “It’s the right of every Australian citizen to be able to say what they think about this topic, so I think the plebiscite is a great idea,” she said.

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WASHINGTONAssuming theyd be stripping away the moral fabric of society almost immediately after the Supreme Courts 2015 decision to legalize same-sex marriage, the nations degenerates reported Monday that they have grown impatient for the gay marriage slippery slope to kick in. We were promised that when gay marriage was legalized, itd only be a matter of time before sickos like me would be having sex with our petswell, Ive got a dog and a cat I still havent fucked, said an exasperated Alan Beleski, 42, one of the deviants from across the country who told reporters they were tired of waiting for the inevitable collapse in decency that would normalize acts such as bestiality, incest, and necrophilia. Goddammit, whats taking so long? When gay marriages were finally recognized in this country, I thought, Hell yeah! I can finally openly proclaim my love for my sex doll, and I can also legally marry five other dolls because polygamys A-okay, too. But all that seems like a million years ago. At press time, the nations degenerates took small comfort in states like Massachusetts where, with parental and court approval, a child can be married off at any age.

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Haiti may ban gay marriage, public support for LGBTQ rights – WGN-TV

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti A gay rights group in Haiti says it is fighting to head off a proposed law that would ban same-sex marriage and prohibit any public demonstrations in favor of LGBTQ people in the Caribbean country. A bill passed by the Haitian Senate last week provides for up to three years in prison and a fine of about $8,000 for either party to a marriage not between a man and a woman. The bill also would ban any public support or advocacy for LGBTQ rights. Haitian law already specifically defines marriage as between a man and a woman. Charlot Jeudy of the gay rights organization Kouraj said Monday that the legislation would violate the constitution and his group will try to persuade members of the Chamber of Deputies to reject it.

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Under the 'fair use' rule of copyright law, an author may make limited use of another author's work without asking permission. Fair use is based on the belief that the public is entitled to freely use portions of copyrighted materials for purposes of commentary and criticism. The fair use privilege is perhaps the most significant limitation on a copyright owner's exclusive rights.

Fair use as described at 17 U.S.C. Section 107:

"Notwithstanding the provisions of section 106 and 106A, the fair use of a copyrighted work, including such use by reproduction in copies or phono-records or by any other means specified by that section, for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright.

In determining whether the use made of a work in any particular case is a fair use the factors to be considered shall include:

  • (1) the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for or nonprofit educational purposes,
  • (2) the nature of the copyrighted work,
  • (3) the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole, and
  • (4) the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work."