• IDAHOT 2015 with GAYa NUSANTARA (Report) Bulan Mei hampir berada di ujung bulan. Artinya perayaan IDAHOT pun sudah hampir selesai. Di tahun 2015 ini, GAYa NUSANTARA mengadakan 3 acara untuk merayakat IDAHOT tahun ini. Rangkaian acara yang dilakukan adalah:

    1. Program GN - SBOTV dengan tema "Homophobia terhadap Remaja LGBTI"
    Terdapat 3 narasumber untuk acara ini, yaitu: Edyth Revanatha (Aktivis waria dari GN), Wibi Radimas (remaja LGBTI), dan Astrid Wiratna, Psi (Psikolog).

    Di dalam acara ini dibahas mengenai tema yang diambil, dimana ditekankan bahwa remaja LGBTI sekarang banyak mengalami efek dari homo/bi/trans-phobia. Keadaan ini pun menuntut mereka untuk mendapatkan lingkungan yang menghargai identitas mereka.
    Wibi pun menceritakan pengalamannya terkait homophobia yang dialaminya. Kemudian disambung oleh Bu Astrid membahas tentang apa itu homo/ transphobia, apa yang menyebabkan hal itu terjadi dan dampaknya. Acara ini ditutup oleh Edyth yang menjelaskan mengenai apa itu IDAHOT dan GAYa NUSANTARA.

    2. Kuliah umum "Pengantar Kajian Queer" oleh Hendri Julius di FIB UNAIR

    Kuliah umum ini dihadiri oleh mahasiswa/i UNAIR dari berbagai jurusan dan dari luar UNAIR. Dalam kuliah umum ini Hendri membahas tentang perkembangan kajian queer secara runtut. Dimulai dari gerakan ilmu mengenai LGBTI terlebih dahulu. Kenapa diskriminasi terhadap LGBTI terjadi, efeknya, peran negara disini. Kemudian mengenai kajian queer dan kritiknya terhadap kajian ini yang masih terus berkembang.

    Rekaman acara tersebut dapat diunduh disini dan disini

    3. Bedah buku "Coming out" karya Hendri Yulius di c2o

    Di bedah buku ini Hendri menceritakan bagaimana sulitnya mencari penerbit untuk bukunya ini. Pemilihan judul, dan hal menarik lainnya ketika menulis buku ini.
    Hendri mengatakan bahwa perjuangan membawa isyu LGBTI ini pun harus terus ditingkatkan.

    Credit: GAYa NUSANTARA

  • How to destroy every single argument against same-sex marriage:

    Gay and lesbian marriage is not what you’ve been told

    Dog weddings: Not an inevitable outcome of same-sex marriage.
    Photo via YouTube.
    Need to persuade someone same-sex marriage is right? Here are all the popular arguments against marriage equality – busted.
    1 Same-sex marriage is a modern invention.
    There were same-sex unions in ancient Greece and Rome, some regions of China, such as Fujian, and among Two Spirit people and others in the Native American peoples.
    In Europe, there is evidence both the Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches blessed ‘brother-making ceremonies’ akin to same-sex marriage.
    In late medieval France, male couples vowed to live together sharing ‘un pain, un vin, et une bourse’ – one bread, one wine, and one purse.
    Sadly at other times, lesbian and gay couples were persecuted. It’s time to take the best bits of history, not the worst bits.
    2 Gay marriage causes floods and earthquakes.
    We checked the weather data for the first day of same-sex marriage in the capital city of every country that has passed it so far.
    There was not a single drop of rain in the capitals of 17 of them: The Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Canada, South Africa, Norway, Sweden, Portugal, Iceland, Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, New Zealand, England, Wales, Scotland or Luxembourg.
    Admittedly, it rained a bit in Copenhagen and Paris when the first Danish and French gay couples wed. But mostly passing same-sex marriage looks like a good way to almost guarantee a day of sunshine.
    3 Civil partnerships or civil unions are good enough.
    The rights and responsibilities offered around the world in marriage ‘equivalents’ vary. Civil Partnerships in the UK were very different from PACS in France, for example. Both countries later saw sense and allowed marriage for all.
    Marriage equality means same-sex couples are treated fairly in their own countries and anywhere else where marriage is equal. Alternatives don’t guarantee that.
    But most important, is the lesson of history that ‘separate but equal’ is never equal. Full gay marriage means that gay and lesbian citizens are equal citizens, not second-class, and are properly respected by society.
    4 The government has no ‘right’ to interfere in marriage which is a religious institution.
    Marriage has existed (in some cases including same-sex couples) before most of today’s major world religious were even thought of.
    It has always involved civil or legal rights and responsibilities, rather than being purely a religious undertaking.
    In many countries, including France, Bulgaria, Belgium, The Netherlands and Turkey you have to register in a legal ceremony before undertaking the religious aspect of marriage.
    In the US, Britain, Canada, Ireland and Spain – religious groups are allowed to conduct weddings where both the legal and religious parts happen together. But even there, the religious celebrant is acting as an agent of the state. And if the legal red-tape is not dealt with (like the signing of a register) then the marriage is not recognized, even if it has been conducted ‘in the eyes of god’.
    The proof? Divorce is always through the courts. The state always holds ultimate power over marriage.
    5 It goes against religion.
    Some religious leaders have likened same-sex marriage to slavery and child abuse or even demanded death for those who wed.
    Luckily in many countries which have passed same-sex marriage most people, including people of faith don’t agree with them.
    And others want to marry gay couples – including some Christians, Muslims, Hindus, Jews, Buddhists, Neopagans and more. If you believe in religious freedom, you should support their freedom to do that.
    This is not the secular world fighting the spiritual one. It’s religious fundamentalists against progressives of all faiths and none.
    6 Churches, synagogues, mosques and temples will be forced to conduct weddings against their will.
    This myth has been raised in every country where gay and lesbian marriage has been introduced. In reality, the laws have protected faiths from having to marry people.
    7 Marriage is an ancient institution and we shouldn’t change it.
    This ‘institution’ is no way static. Heterosexual marriage is now about romantic love – it used to be about power games.
    Many of us have abandoned the idea of brides being treated as property, of dowries being handed over to sweeten the deal and of arranged marriages. We no longer allow unions between close cousins to promote political or strategic ties, as practiced by European royalty.
    Polygamy was common in the past – particularly in religious history. Now those same faiths are against it. You may not know that there have been times when group marriage, involving multiple partners of both genders, has been permitted.
    Sometimes change is good.
    8 It will be people marrying dogs next.
    Gay marriage supporters are clear they are talking about a relationship between consenting adults. They don’t want marriage between grown-ups and children, as children that’s child abuse. And animals are not humans and can’t consent.
    Worth noting too that polygamists throughout history have never used homosexuality to justify their unconventional marriages.
    9 Gay and lesbian marriage undermines straight marriage.
    Marriage has been around in one form or another for thousands of years and has weathered far bigger changes than this.
    Allowing gay and lesbian people to ‘buy in’ to marriage makes it more popular and, therefore, stronger.
    The only way gay marriage could weaken heterosexual marriage is if it was so vastly superior that everyone would ‘switch sides’.
    Do you really believe straight men would abandon their wives and end up clamoring to enter into same-sex unions?
    10 Marriage is for raising children and gay and lesbian couples can’t have kids.
    We all know straight married couples who don’t have children. Should they be forced to divorce? We also know that religious leaders happily marry couples where one or both is infertile. They admit it.
    Increasing numbers of gay, lesbian and bi single people and couples have children. They give children a loving, caring home and are often excellent parents. Some adoption and fostering agencies say that gay people’s understanding of bigotry and prejudice gives them a particular strength when it comes to helping vulnerable kids.
    If other children benefit from being part of a loving, stable, married family, shouldn’t that also be on offer to adopted kids who need stability more than anyone?
    11 Marriage benefits society so shouldn’t be touched.
    Marriage does benefit society. It creates loving, stable, supportive links between two people and that can ripple out to all around them, linking and helping friends, families and communities.
    Love is an ultimate good. The phrase ‘charity begins at home’ really means that love begins in a loving, stable home and reaches out from there to support people who come into contact with it. Gay people are a part of that and marriage will support them.
    12 Most people are against it.
    The polls so far have indicated that when a serious debate starts in a country about same-sex marriage, there’s a shift in attitudes. Increasing numbers start to support it. By the time the law passes, most support it. After it becomes law, the support keeps going up.
    And if you still don’t agree with same-sex marriage, just don’t get married to someone of the same sex.
    13 Gay relationships don’t last.
    A typical divorce rate for heterosexual marriages in Australia, the US, UK and Western Europe is around 30% to 40%. Same-sex marriage hasn’t been around long enough to come up with reliable figures for our divorce rates but the figures so far don’t look very different to this.
    In Norway and Sweden, for example, one study found a slightly higher split-up rate among same-sex couples. But in Denmark it was far lower than among straight couples. So there’s no way you can say gay and lesbian couples are more likely to divorce.
    If you were going to ban people from getting married just on the basis that they are at higher risk of divorce, you wouldn’t allow heterosexuals who have previously divorced to re-marry. Second marriages are far more likely to end. But we all deserve second chances.
    14 Same-sex marriage is going to happen anyway, so I don’t need to do anything.
    Around the world, this is a massive fight. It has been hard and it’s going to get even harder.
    The people fighting same-sex marriage are every bit as passionate as the LGBTI community and, more often than not, far better funded.
    If you want a fair future, stand up for it every chance you get.
    Credit: Argument

  • Church in Ireland needs 'reality check' after gay marriage vote
    One of Ireland's most senior Catholic clerics has called for the Church to take a "reality check" following the country's overwhelming vote in favour of same-sex marriage.
    The first gay marriages are now likely to take place in the early autumn.
    Diarmuid Martin, the archbishop of Dublin, said the Church in Ireland needed to reconnect with young people.
    The referendum found 62% were in favour of changing the constitution to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry.
    The archbishop told the Irish broadcaster RTÉ: "We [the Church] have to stop and have a reality check, not move into denial of the realities.
    "We won't begin again with a sense of renewal, with a sense of denial.


    "I appreciate how gay and lesbian men and women feel on this day. That they feel this is something that is enriching the way they live. I think it is a social revolution."
    The archbishop personally voted "No" arguing that gay rights should be respected "without changing the definition of marriage".
    "I ask myself, most of these young people who voted yes are products of our Catholic school system for 12 years. I'm saying there's a big challenge there to see how we get across the message of the Church," he added.
    Ireland is the first country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage through a popular vote, and its referendum was held 22 years after homosexual acts were decriminalised in the Republic of Ireland.
    Among those voicing their approval of the outcome was UK Prime Minister David Cameron who tweeted: "Congratulations to the people of Ireland, after voting for same-sex marriage, making clear you are equal if you are straight or gay."
    Feargha Ní Bhroin and Linda Cullen were among those who were pleased at the result of the referendum.
    Ms Cullen proposed to her partner live on BBC Radio 5 Live on Sunday.
    The couple, who have been together 10 years, said marriage was especially important for them as they have children.
    "It means a lot in this country to be married and to have that status for your family," Ms Cullen said.


    By BBC's Ireland correspondent Chris Buckler

    In Ireland debates about morality tend to be rooted in religion. The discussion about same sex marriage was no exception.
    The Catholic Church after all still has much influence in Ireland and the no vote was strongest in rural areas where church attendance figures tend to be higher. That sharply compared to the cities where the yes campaign never doubted their support.
    There was also a generational divide - with the yes campaign capturing the interest and enthusiasm of young people in a way that few elections do. Some living abroad even returned home to Ireland simply to visit the ballot box.
    The Catholic Church is not immune from the influence of an increasingly liberal Ireland.
    In his appeal for a no vote the church's most senior figure In Ireland specifically recognised the love shared between same sex couples.
    That is a softening of language and in its own way a sign of wider change.
    In total, 1,201,607 people voted in favour of same-sex marriage, while 734,300 voted against.
    Out of 43 constituencies, only the largely rural Roscommon-South Leitrim had a majority of "no" votes.
    The yes vote means an amendment will be made to Article 41 of the constitution, stating that being of the same sex is no longer an impediment to marriage.
    The government must bring in a new law, the Marriage Bill 2015, to give effect to the amendment and it says it hopes to do that by the time the Irish parliament breaks up in the summer.
    This means the first actual marriages are unlikely to take place until September.
    Same-sex marriage is now legal in 20 countries worldwide.

    What the 'yes' vote means

    The Republic of Ireland has a written constitution which can only be changed by referendum.
    Now that the proposal has been passed, a marriage between two people of the same sex will have the same status under the Irish constitution as a marriage between a man and a woman.
    They will be recognised as a family and be entitled to the constitutional protection for families.
    Civil partnerships for same-sex couples have been legal in Ireland since 2010, giving couples legal protection which could be changed by the government.
    However, married gay people will now have a constitutional standing that can only be removed by another popular vote.
    According to the Irish Times, there will be no new civil partnerships from the day the law comes into effect, and although civil partners will retain their existing rights, there will be no automatic upgrade from partnership to marriage.
    Credit: Ireland

  • CELEBRATE IDAHOT 2015 WITH US Tanggal 17 Mei 2015 sebentar lagi tiba, ini berarti IDAHOT (International days againts Homo/ Trans/ Bi- Phobia) semakin dekat, di tahun ini GAYa NUSANTARA memiliki tiga rangkaian acara dimana kawan - kawan dapat bergabung dengan gratis:

    1. Nonton SBO dari jam 12.00  14.00 tanggal 18 Mei 2015, aktivist transgender MtF (Edyth Revanatha) dari GAYa NUSANTARA, gay muda (Wibi Radimas), dan Astri Wiratna, Psi akan ngobrol tentang Homo/ Trans/ Bi - Phobia di kawan - kawan LGBTI

    2. Kuliah tamu bareng Hendri Yulius di UNAIR tanggal 23 Mei 2015 jam 10.00 - 12.00 dengan tema "Pengantar Kajian Queer"

    3. Bedah buku "Coming out" karya Hendri Yulius di c2o tanggal 23 Mei 2015 jam 19.00 - 21.00

    Jangan lupa bergabung ya kawan - kawan. Ditunggu kedatangannya

  • Aceh women, activists slam latest sharia-based regulations Women activists in Aceh consider the latest sharia regulations banning unmarried men and women from riding together on motorcycles and separating female and male students in high schools in North Aceh to be unnecessary.

    Acehnese activist Samsidar said the separation of female students from male students was an idea that was based only on the thoughts of men.

    “This is a policy that is not important for the development of education in Aceh,” said Samsidar, who is also a former member of the National Commission on Violence Against Women (Komnas Perempuan).

    She said such a separation was not a guarantee that education in Aceh would move in a better direction compared to other regions in Indonesia.

    “It would’ve been better for the administration to issue a regulation siding with economically poor people having no access to education to be able to enjoy education,” Samsidar said.

    North Aceh is one of the regencies in Aceh with a high concentration of poor families. Many families in the regency cannot afford school fees for their children.

    Samsidar also said that although Aceh had long been known as a populous Muslim region, never in its history had male students been separated from female students when they were studying in class.

    “Such separation only applies in Islamic boarding schools, which implement such a regulation,” 
    she said.

    She expressed hope that the North Aceh administration would think twice before issuing the regulation as it would have a bad influence on the education of young Acehnese.

    She argued that student competitiveness would lessen because of the separation. This would influence existing teaching procedures.

    The North Aceh regency administration also banned unmarried couples from riding together on motorcycles, banned women from dancing in public and from straddling motorcycles.

    “There are some clauses banning women from dancing in front of men because doing so could incite negative perceptions and sometimes trigger sexual arousal,” said the head of the North Aceh Legislative Council legislation agency, Tgk Fauzan Hamzah.

    North Aceh Ulema Consultative Council head Abu Mustafa Ahmad Paloh Gadeng said the regulation banning unmarried couples from riding motorcycles together was urgent because relationships between young people in the regions had reached an alert level.

    “We see it as important because many of the activities and relationships among our young people are deviating from Islamic teachings,” he said.

    Based on Islamic teachings, he said, it was clear that unmarried couples could not sit together on motorcycles. “It is clear that sitting together on a motorbike for them is violating Islamic teaching,” he added.

    Others, however, saw the qanun (bylaw) banning unmarried couples from riding on motorcycles together as a hindrance.

    “There will be limitations and difficulties that women in Aceh have to deal with because of the regulation,” Acehnese university student Nurul Aminah said.

    She argued that not every woman could ride a motorcycle, so sometimes needed get on a bike with a man driving. 

    “The regulation will restrict women’s movements and their means of expression,” Nurul said.

    Other subjects regulated include raising animals such as dogs (unclean according to Islamic teaching), managing entertainment centers and controlling the movements of teenagers in the evenings. 

    Source: Aceh

  • Sir Elton John urges US Congress to strengthen support for Aids fight
    Sir Elton testifying before a US Senate hearing
    Sir Elton John has told a US Senate panel that Aids could be eradicated in his lifetime, but only if the US government continues funding the fight against the virus.
    Sir Elton spoke at a Senate hearing that is considering funding for the US's global Aids programme.
    "The Aids epidemic is not over and America's continued leadership is critical," he said on Wednesday.
    Senators Lindsey Graham and Patrick Leahy invited the singer to speak.


    The subject of the Senate committee's hearing was the President's Emergency Plan for Aids Relief, also known as Pepfar.
    "We cannot afford to let the window close if our efforts flag," Sir Elton told the senators, while wearing his signature pink sunglasses.
    "Drug resistance will surface, transmission rates will rise and this disease which knows no boundaries will once again become a ruthless pandemic with disastrous and far-reaching consequences.
    "This is the most powerful legislative body in the world and this Congress indeed has the power to end Aids."
    And when asked by Sen Graham about what his worst fear was going forward, the British musician replied: "The worst fear is stigma, to be honest with you."
    Media captionSir Elton John on Aids fight: "We can end this."
    He mentioned Africa as an example, saying that "draconian laws" were forcing gay men with HIV to go underground "and the disease is spread even further".
    "But getting people to feel unashamed... because they may have a sexual orientation that the leader of the government may not approve of, is incredibly important," Sir Elton said.
    The fight against Aids amounts to 1% of the US budget, Sir Elton told the BBC's Katty Kay.
    The programme was launched by President George Bush in 2003, and has been strengthened by his successor Barack Obama.
    For fiscal year 2016, $6.542bn (£4.28bn) has been requested for the programme.
    Source: Elton John

  • Nia Dinata: Standing up for the LBGT community

    Acclaimed director and producer Nia Dinata takes pride in the films she’s made — especially those that tell the stories of regular people who just happen to be lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT).

    “I am really close to LGBT people. I often become the place where they curhat,” Nia said, referring to a word meaning to pour your heart out to someone.

    According to Nia, people don’t know about the stories of members of the LBGT community since the mainstream media tends not to be very interested in the subject — which is why she has not flinched in making movies with LBGT characters.

    For example, Nia produced Madame X, the transgender superhero comedy starring Aming. 

    She’s also focused on LBGT issues in her own films as a director, such as the box-office hit Arisan! (The Gathering) as well as the award-winning Berbagi Suami (English title: Love for Share), which both feature gay romances.

    Nia said that she grew up with two gay relatives who were accepted by her late grandmother, Rohani Yunir, who treated them like any other family member.

    About 40 percent of the staff at Nia’s Kalyana Shira Foundation are members of the LBGT community, she says. The non-profit foundation, created in 2006, fights for women, children and marginalized people.

    Meanwhile, another program of Nia’s, Project Change, launched in 2008 and funded in part by the Ford Foundation, trains young people to make short films or documentaries about gender equality, teaching them filmmaking skills and increasing people’s awareness.

    Nia said that the latest Project Change, which ran 
    from December 2013 to April 2014, yielded one narrative film, Monica Teda’s Sleep Tight Maria, and 
    four documentaries: Ima Puspita Sari’s Nyalon (Salon), Asrida Elisabeth’s Tanah Mama (Mother’s Soil), Yatna Pelangi’s Pertanyaan untuk Bapak (Question for Father) and Anggun Pradesha’s Emak dari Jambi (Mother 
    from Jambi). 

    The films offer frank exploration of topics considered taboo in Indonesia.

    In Pertanyaan untuk Bapak, for example, a man confesses that he’s gay — and tries to find his father, who raped him as a child. Meanwhile, in Emak dari Jambi the bare buttocks of its main character, a transgendered person, are shown many times — including when she asks a friend to inject silicon to her posterior. 

    The films won’t be submitted to the Film Censorship Board (LSF), as they were not made for commercial purposes, Nia says, planning to screen the films at festivals and universities and to LGBT groups.

    “If I bring these films to the LSF, they will censor all the content. There would be nothing left,” she said, laughing.

    Nia said that she often received hate emails and text messages. 

    “They ask where are my morals and the like. However, I am not afraid of them. They were just bluffing. There was no action.”

    Up next for Nia is making a feature-length version of her transgendered-themed short film Kebaya Pengantin (Wedding Gown) and telling more stories from the margins of Indonesian society.

    “That’s the challenge facing us,” she says. “We will not give up because there are many stories about LGBT we have yet to share.”

    Source: Nia Dinata

  • Gay marriage is 'economic sense' say Australian firms
    In Australia, at least 18,000 same-sex couples are waiting for the law to change to allow them to get married, according to the University of Queensland.
    If, and when, their big day comes, it could be an expensive business covering the cost of hotels, caterers, photographers and florists, not to mention clothes, rings and a honeymoon.
    Campaigners estimate that the average Australian wedding has a price tag of around 35,000 Australian dollars ($27,000; £18,000).
    "The world's expert body on the economic impact of marriage equality, the Williams Institute at UCLA, says the most conservative estimate for the [potential] wedding spend of Australian same-sex couples is A$161m," says Rodney Croome, the national director of Australian Marriage Equality.
    "It could be as high as A$600m.
    "On top of this, Australia's failure to achieve marriage equality is a competitive disadvantage when it comes to attracting those skilled migrants and investors for whom non-discriminatory laws are important."
    Two men holding hands

    Productivity boost

    This week the campaign for reform in Australia received some high-profile support from Alan Joyce, the openly gay, Irish-born chief executive of the airline Qantas.
    He told the Sydney Morning Herald: "I've had people coming up to me in the business community and saying that their son, their daughter is finding it tough (being gay), even in this day and age.
    "Talking about how important it is for a business leader ... to express our views on things. It is a role model thing."
    The Flying Kangaroo has a long tradition of equality for its staff.
    Peter Fraser and Gordon Stevenson getting married under UK law in Australia
    Peter Fraser and Gordon Stevenson were the first same-sex couple to be married in Australia - under UK law at the British consulate in Sydney
    Tim Harcourt, an economist at the University of New South Wales Business School, says Australia's national airline has been a beacon of progressive thinking.
    "When I worked at Qantas they were always ahead of the game in providing benefits for same-sex partners, whether it be travel or superannuation or so on," he tells the BBC.
    "It has worked out pretty well on the basis that having a happy and egalitarian workforce is good for productivity."

    Corporate campaign

    Other corporate heavyweights are joining the campaign for same sex marriage in Australia. Telecom giant Telstra Qantas and PricewaterhouseCoopers have signed an open letter urging the conservative government to consider the economic benefits of reform.
    They have been joined by the nation's biggest banks, ANZ, the Commonwealth and Westpac, along with retailer David Jones.
    The letter states: "Not only is marriage equality the only truly fair option, but it's also a sound economic option given that a happy workforce is a productive one.
    "To remain competitive, and to attract top talent from around the world, organisations - and nations - must create a fair and respectful environment for all."
    A protester during a gay rights march through Sydney
    Many firms say Australia's failure to reform its marriage law puts the country at a competitive disadvantage
    Alex Greenwich, an openly gay member of the New South Wales parliament and a former businessman, who ran a recruitment agency before entering politics, believes that employees who are happy and respected at work are more productive.
    "There have been so many studies done on the importance of diversity within the workplace and the importance of accepting and treating your staff well in the workplace.
    "It's kind of a no-brainer," says Mr Greenwich, who believes it is time for Australia to shed its reputation for sexual intolerance.
    "We know that gay and lesbian people are out and open in very senior levels in a number of corporates across the world, and a lot of them are now saying why do we want to go to a country where we'll be treated as a second-class citizen?"

    Religious objections

    The importance of the so-called 'pink dollar' is felt around in the world where reform has been embraced.
    But this has done little to soften those opposed to change, who argue that any alterations to Australia's marriage laws would be a backward step.
    "I think it is disappointing when we have big business trying to influence governments, and for big business to use their clout in this way is intimidating," says Wendy Francis, the Queensland director for the Australian Christian Lobby.
    "What is good for the economy is stable families and that is what we are really wanting to protect in Australia."
    Bills to allow gay Australians to marry have been rejected by parliamentarians in the past, and there is currently no legislative timetable for further debate in Canberra.
    Protestors in favour of gay marriage rights in Melbourne in 2008
    Moves to allow gay Australians to marry have been rejected in the past
    The conservative Prime Minister Tony Abbott has deep-seated religious objections, although opinion polls have suggested a majority of voters would be in favour of marriage equality.

    New Zealand reforms

    While there is resistance at a federal level, laws now exist in New South Wales, Tasmania, Queensland, and Victoria, as well as the Australian Capital Territory that legally recognise same-sex unions.
    Two years ago, New Zealand became the first country in the Asia-Pacific region to legalise same-sex marriages, and the architects of change believe it has had a transformative effect.
    "All gay and lesbian people that I encounter are holding their heads just a wee bit higher because they know that the law no longer distinguishes between them and our heterosexual counterparts in this area at least," says Kevin Hague, a Green Party MP, who worked on marriage equality campaign.
    "I know that popular wedding destinations like Queenstown and Rotorua have had a real boom time with same-sex couples from Australia coming over the get married here."
    Source: Australia






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