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 ( - 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.