Marriage: the next chapter - how moral norms evolve










Ralph Richard Banks - NY Times


















Not long ago, the prohibition of same-sex marriage, like the prohibition of interracial marriage before it, was so deeply ingrained in our social fabric and legal understandings that the recent turnabout by the New York State Legislature might have seemed unimaginable. As recently as 1986, the United States Supreme Court rejected a gay man’s argument for constitutional protection of his sexual relationship, declaring the argument as “at best, facetious.” In 2001, the court overturned that ruling and accorded same-sex partners the same constitutional protection as heterosexuals. Same-sex marriage may soon become legal in even more states.


































MP to challenge for overseas wedding










The Advertiser (Adelaide)











South Australia's openly gay state MP says he will mount a challenge to let gay couples marry overseas.










SA Upper House MP Ian Hunter and his partner of 22 years, artist Leith Semmens, plan to wed in New York.


















Voice for gay community

The Age

AUSTRALIA'S gay community will have a greater voice in Parliament with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex parliamentary friendship group launched yesterday by chief opposition Whip Warren Entsch, ALP Left convener Graham Perrett and Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young.

























What's really behind the same-sex 'marriage' movement?










Chuck Colson - Christian Post




















New York has become the largest state to approve so-called same-sex “marriage.” Supporters, obviously, were delighted at the news: Parades, street parties and countless other demonstrations of their feelings of moral superiority.




































Lady Gaga tells Tracy Grimshaw Australia needs to 'get on with' legalising gay marriage










Daniela Elser - Herald Sun




















LADY Gaga has asked her Australian fans to make the Prime Minister "hear their screams" against the Government's stance on gay marriage.




































Regulating only one class of lobbyist gives the green light to others










Justin Di Lollo - SMH




















You could be forgiven for missing it, but the state government quietly launched its latest regulations of lobbying last Thursday, with no media fanfare and a week after Parliament rose for the winter recess.




































UNHCR warns Australia on asylum seeker processing










ABC Online




















The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has warned the Federal Government may be breaching international law by refusing to process asylum seekers currently detained on Christmas Island.




































Labor support collapses to 27pc in latest Newspoll










Dennis Shanahan - The Australian




















LABOR'S support has slumped to a record low, with the Coalition sitting at all-time highs as Tony Abbott extends his lead as preferred prime minister over Julia Gillard.




































Hillsong Live outsells Beyonce and Lady Gaga










Josephine Vivaldo - Christian Post




















Sydney's Hillsong Live outsold Beyonce and Lady Gaga on Australia's ARIA Top 50 Album Chart.












Their recent album God Is Able debuted in the top three this week, just behind Adele's 21 at number one and


LMFAO's Sorry for Party Rocking.




































New Zealand Prime Minister blasted for supporting euthanasia










Stephen Ertelt - LifeNews




















Prime Minister John Key says he supports taking a look at legislation concerning euthanasia, but his comments are drawing fire from a pro-life group that is concerned about legalizing the practice or assisted suicide.
















Cardinal Arinze to pro-choice pols: law against murder is ‘Divine law, not a tennis club regulation’










Kathleen Gilbert - LifeSite News




















FRONT ROYAL, Virginia, July 11, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) - When it comes to “personally pro-life” politicians who support pro-abortion legislation, the Vatican’s prefect emeritus of the Congregation of Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments minces no words.




































WA joins chaplaincy challenge










Dan Harrison - The Age




















THE West Australian government has intervened in a legal challenge to the controversial national school chaplaincy program, telling the High Court that funding chaplains is beyond the federal government's power.