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No evidence to back claim by fringe doctors' group opposing marriage equality

The Australian Greens today said there is no evidence to back claims of the Victorian deputy chief psychiatrist who signed a letter by a fringe doctors group which claims allowing same-sex marriage would harm children.

"Dr Kuravilla George's views are out of step with professional bodies such as the Australian Psychologists Society and the Australian Medical Association which say it's discrimination itself which is harmful and has negative health impacts," Greens' human rights spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said.

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National rallies tell PM Gillard and Tony Abbott it's time for marriage equality

Thousands of Australians of all ages and backgrounds have gathered around the country today for a National Day of Action to tell Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott it's time Australia had marriage equality.

"Ordinary Australians are giving the Labor and Coalition leaders a strong but positive message that it's time they removed discrimination from the Marriage Act," Greens' human rights spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said at the rally in Adelaide.

"Cupid doesn't discriminate in love and neither should our laws. It's time for love and marriage to be equal.

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Obama shows leadership on marriage equality, it's time Gillard and Abbott did

US President Barack Obama has shown leadership on changing his mind and heart about marriage equality, giving an opportunity to Prime Minister Julia Gillard to do the same, the Australian Greens said today.

"When President Obama and leaders of our churches can change their minds on letting same-sex couples get married why can't Prime Minister Gillard," Greens' human rights spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said.

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Kennett helping to show the way on marriage equality; now for Abbott's conscience vote

The change of heart by former Victorian Liberal Premier, Jeff Kennett, shows what can happen when people are presented with the facts about why marriage equality matters for young Australians who are coming to terms with their sexuality, the Greens said today.

"Mr Kennett used to oppose letting same-sex couples have the right to choose whether to get married, but he's now a supporter of marriage equality and urges respect for all people," Greens' human rights spokesperson, Sarah Hanson-Young, said.

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Sydney hearing told Australia should seize moment and achieve marriage equality

The Sydney hearing into Senator Sarah Hanson-Young's marriage equality bill has today heard Australia should seize the moment and change the Marriage Act so same-sex couples can have the same legal recognition as heterosexual couples.

"Prominent Australians to Aussie mums and dads have shown overwhelming support for marriage equality, to allow lesbian and gays Australians to marry the person they love in the country they love," Greens' human rights spokesperson, Sarah Hanson-Young, said.

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Pell wrong on marriage equality and offends couples who can’t have children

Catholic Cardinal Pell has maintained his marriage sceptic credentials and offended couples who cannot have children in his latest attack removing discrimination from the Marriage Act, the Australian Greens said today.

"Cardinal Pell claims marriage is only to create children, but that remark is a slur on every couple who cannot or choose not to have children," Greens' marriage equality spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said.

"By his logic, no person should be permitted to get married if they cannot or choose not to have children.

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Last day to tell Senate why Australia needs marriage equality

Australians have until the close of business today to send submissions to the Senate on the Greens' Marriage Equality Amendment Bill 2010 which would let same-sex couples have the right to choose whether to get married.

"There's just hours left for Australians to say why same-sex discrimination should be removed from the Marriage Act," Greens' marriage equality spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said.

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