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Australia condemns Uganda’s Anti-Gay Bill

The Australian Parliament has voted this afternoon to support a Greens’ motion condemning the Ugandan and Nigerian Anti-Gay Bills.

 “It is genuinely horrifying that there are Governments in this world that want to punish and imprison people simply for being who they are,” the Greens’ human rights and LGBTI spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Marriage Equality debate at a crucial state

The Australian Greens have welcomed today’s announcement from the NSW cross-party Marriage Equality Group, giving notice of a bill that shows their genuine tripartisan support for state based marriage reform.

 “Seeing politicians from the Greens, the Coalition and the Labor Party standing together in support of marriage equality is a very welcome sight,” the Greens’ human rights spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Police uniforms to be kept in the closet

The Australian Greens are urging Police Commissioner Gary Burns to allow South Australian police to wear their uniforms while marching in the Adelaide Pride Parade this Saturday.

 “South Australian police shouldn’t be forced to keep their uniforms in the closet at this year’s Adelaide Pride Parade,” Greens spokesperson for Human Rights, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

 “I will be writing to South Australia’s Police Commissioner, Gary Burns, urging him to reverse his decision.

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‘Proud Schools’ leading to proud students

The Australian Greens support the ‘Proud Schools’ program in NSW, which is designed to build a culture of understanding and acceptance for gay and lesbian students.

 “We know that LGBTI teens are four times more likely to attempt suicide than their classmates and I am pleased to see programs like Proud Schools supporting gay and lesbian teens,” Greens LGBTI spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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