Australia Marriage Equality

This Gay Couple Got Married While 121 Feet In The Air

An Australian couple got married in the cutest, weirdest, and most creative way.

Australians Logan Stojcevski and John Woods got married this past Thursday while riding a roller coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California.

The two from Wollongong, New South Wales got engaged in 2015 even before marriage equality was made legal in Australia.

As soon as that happened, the two flew to Southern California because they knew they wanted to get married in a fun and exciting way.

“I’ve been a massive coaster fan all my life," said Stojcevski to KTLA Los Angeles, "Six Flags Magic Mountain is my favorite place in the world, so what a better place to get married, and on our favorite ride, Twisted Colossus.”

The Twisted Colossus, which opened in 1978 as just the Colossus, is a mainstay at Six Flags Magic Mountain. Its even been featured in the film National Lampoon’s Vacation.

As GayPopBuzz reports:

“Twisted Colossus it’s the craziest air-machine in California, the fastest, tallest and longest roller coaster!”

“Some crazy fans even consider it the eighth wonder of the world. Originally designed and built by International Amusement Devices… It was then renovated in 2015 by Rocky Mountain Construction to feature barrel roll inversions and a near-vertical drop.”

Apparently, the two officially tied the knot right before one of Twisted Colossus’s drops.

Congratulations to the crazy happy couple.

h/t: GayPopBuzz

First Same-Sex Weddings Take Place in Australia

After Australia's recent victory for the LGBT community in making same-sex marriages legally permissible, the first couple tied the knot this weekend. Lauren Price, 31, and Amy Laker, 29, got married in Syndey without having to wait the 30-day period necessary for couples to start exchanging vows. According to DailyMail.com the couple was married, both in white gowns, after 18 months of planning that became a history-making moment for the people of Australia.

Equal Marriage Rights Australia was thrilled to announce the union of the two women as soon as it occured:

 

 

The couple was given a special dispensation for the waiting period because their families were traveling from Wales to attend what was originally scheduled to be a commitment ceremony.

Meanwhile, in Melbourne, Amy McDonald, 36, and Elise McDonald, 28, were granted permission to bypass the waiting period due to their families flying in from overseas. The couple married in Melbourne's Carlton Gardens.

Other couples are set to marry this week as permissions have been granted due to serious health issues that they each face.

The first weddings in Australia are set to be performed on January 9, 2018 once the 30-day waiting period is officially lifted.

Calvin Harris Fans Want Him To Stick To His Australian Marriage Equality Promise

Fans are urging DJ and Record Producer Calvin Harris to come through with a promise he made five years ago.

Harris allegedly promised fan, and fellow DJ, Filip Odžak that if Australia made gay marriage legal, he would remix a “2 Become 1” by the Spice Girls.

Odžak says that he met Harris while backstage at Sydney’s Steroesonic festival five years ago. That’s when the two made a deal that was sealed with a handshake.

He explained further on a radio show that the deal started when the two talked about their future weddings.

“I don’t know how it came up, but we were talking about what your bridal dance would be,” he said.

“I said – being a lifelong devoted Spice Girls fan – that mine would be 2 Become 1.

“Then we got on to the topic of why it wouldn’t happen, because there is no gay marriage yet.

“He was in shock. ‘No! I thought it was totally legal in Australia’.

“Somehow we just made the pact,” Filip Odžak then says he asked Calvin Harris to do the remix, “When they finally legalize it, you can do a remix for me.”

Thankfully, Australia has now made same-sex marriage legal in the country.

Now, fans are gathering on twitter for Harris to be true to his alleged promise and come out with a remix of the 1996 hit Spice Girls song.

Watch: This 104-Year-Old AU Citizen Wants The Country To Say Yes

The public poll on whether marriage equality should be legalized in Australia is coming to an end, but one 104-year-old citizen still has something to say.

AU Marriage Equality is the lead campaign trying to make sure that “Yes” is Australia’s resounding answer, and in order to finish to the end they’ve released an ad with a wise man’s thoughts on the whole thing.

They got a 104-year-old citizen, who also has a gay grandson, to share his thoughts on camera and he says that he “can’t understand what all the fuss and commotion is about.”

The campaign is remind us all that this isn’t just a vote about whether gay people should be able to marry, but about the basic respect for other human lives. It’s about stopping discrimination and giving others the rights that you already have.

Keep in mind that the vote will officially end on November 7. That said, the organization behind managing the poll suggested that all voters had submitted their responses this past Friday in order to ensure that they got in on time.

Now, we just await a week to see what the result will be.

The results are expected to be in by around November 15.

Study Predicts The Australia's "Yes" Vote Will Have A Narrow Loss

An academic study is using Twitter opinions to gauge the results of the public vote for or against same-sex marriage in Australian.

While many opinion polls say that the yes vote will win and be around 60 percent of the vote, this Twitter opinion study says the opposite.

The study, by Academics David Tuffley and Bela Stantic, looked at over 458,565 tweets through the month of October.

At face value, the two found that there was an overwhelming amount of support for marriage equality. Specifically, they found that there was 72 percent support for the yes vote.

That said, they also found that only 15% of the yeses came from people over the age of 55. With that in mind, they adjusted the numbers and ended up with 57 percent support.

But that’s not all, they then adjusted the numbers again to make up for the low amount of tweets coming from people older than 55 (a voter pool that will show up in the actual vote). This ended up with a 49 percent yes rate for the vote.

Tuffley and Stantic are known for being surprisingly accurate when it comes to tough call votes and polls. For instance, they predicted the Trump win for the 2016 US presidential election.

And as they told Australian News Agency 9 News:

“It is likely to be a close-run result, much closer than the earlier polls suggested, and leaning in the direction of 'no.”

That said, the two do note that predications can have complications that get in the way of coming up with a true and fair answer.

"One of the problems with predicting poll outcomes is that people are often reluctant to say out loud what they really think about issues.”

"What people say online can often be more accurate than what they say to each other in this age of political correctness."

Yes Voter Featured in A No Campaign Is “Devastated To Be Linked To This Rubbish”

A volunteer interpreter is “personally distressed” after she was filmed signing the words of a campaigner for LGBTQ rights, and then placed in a Vote No to Marriage Equality ad.

Paola Mitchell told news.com.au that she’s called the Coalition for Marriage to remove the ad, but they have refused to respond.

Ms. Mitchell was first made aware of the video by a friend who messaged her after seeing the ad in a doctor’s waiting room. She now worries that she may be shunned by some of the deaf community after appearing in the video.

“It’s irresponsible and they obviously don’t really care who or what they do is affecting,” said Ms Mitchell.

“I’m proudly and openly gay and it just tears me apart to my very core and devastates me my face is even remotely associated with this rubbish from the No campaign.”

“I’m horrified and personally distressed. I never gave my permission for my image to be used in this way.”

A Coalition for Marriage spokesman told news.com.au: “We sympathize with her and can understand why she would want to distance herself from Roz Ward and the radical safe schools program.”

The ad depicts the argument that legalizing same-sex marriage will eventually effect and change the lecture plans taught in schools.

Speaking of the vote, it is coming to an end soon. The Australian Bureau of Statistics, which manages the survey, recommends voters send their votes in the mail by this Friday to make sure they are received by the cut-off date of November 7.

City of Sydney Is Granting Free Venues If Gay Marriage Passes

The City of Sydney has showed their support for the “vote yes” campaign and is even giving special privileges to same-sex couples.

Gay couples, and not straight couples, will be able to marry for free in well-known government buildings and parks if marriage equality is legalized.

This was made official Monday night in Australia to make many government locations free for the first 100 days if the vote goes through.

This is just like the promise that recently elected mayor Darcy Bryne made late last month.

In a Facebook live session, Byrne asked for newly elected city councilors to support the proposal of this motion and added, “On the day that this country finally accepts that love is love, I want couples to know that the inner west will welcome them with open arms if they want to celebrate their marriage in our public facilities.”

That said, only the locations will be provided for free. All other services like catering, security, tech, and so on will be the responsibility of the couples.

Even though Darcy Bryne openly supported the motion, it was Labor councilor Linda Scott who moved it into succession and Lord Mayor Clover Moore who whipped the necessary votes.

That said, some are feeling that this act goes against the very idea of marriage equality.

One such person is openly out politician Christine Forster who voted against the motion after trying to get it to apply to straight couples as well.

"This has been a fight for equality before the law and it's my belief that we can't ask for equality for ourselves and then deny it to others," she told the Sydney Morning Herald.

"It's also been about making marriage inclusive not exclusive, and this motion flies in the face of that."

That said, opposition to that argument says that this act is not discrimination but a practical way to combat and move past the many years of discrimination gay people have suffered.

The currently public survey for marriage equality ends on November 7 and the results will be announced on the 15th. If the vote comes out as a yes, then we could be seeing marriages happening as early as Christmas time.

Morgan Freeman Had "So Much Fun" At An Australian Gay Bar

Freeman is currently doing some publicity for an upcoming project of his and went through an interview to talk about the project and the process of making it.

Specifically, the project is a six part documentary called The Story Of Us. The story follows different aspects of humanity and community.

The series is also a sequel to the Emmy-nominated The Story of God, which Freeman also worked on.

As part of the process, Morgan Freeman was filming in Australia and in his interview he shared that he stopped by a gay bar during the trip.

“It was so much fun and I thought there was this feeling of freedom. I am surprised Australia doesn’t have marriage equality.”

He later added that he danced to Sister Sledge’s "We Are Family" while in the bar.

Morgan Freeman then went further to say that the key to marriage equality is representation and that it’s bringing a change in the way we think.

“I think one of the catalysts people have experienced here in America is the realization that some of their relatives are gay,

“What are you going to say if your 14 or 15-year-old son comes and says, ‘Dad, I’m gay.”

“Some are excommunicated immediately but most aren’t. There is a new mindset and an understanding that it isn’t some choice you are making.”

The Story Of Us is will come out on 11 October on National Geographic.

Australian Mayor Promises A Free Wedding Venue If Marriage Equality Passes

Image via Facebook

Mayor Darcy Byrne has announced that he would like to make same-sex marriages free if Australia decides to legalize them.

Darcy Byrne just recently won his mayoral seat with the Inner West Council, a local government council in control of the inner western region of New South Wales in the city of Sydney, Australia.

Just days after that win, Cr Byrne in a Facebook Live session made the announcement saying that he will use council resources to help same-sex couples.

"We have one of the largest and proudest LGBTQI communities in Australia and the inner west must lead the national charge for civil rights," he said.

"I will ask that our newly elected councilors formally endorse a recommendation that we make our facilities available for same-sex marriage celebrations, and that we actively invite and welcome couples wanting to use our halls."

"On the day that this country finally accepts that love is love, I want couples to know that the inner west will welcome them with open arms if they want to celebrate their marriage in our public facilities,” he added.

Despite how nice this may sound at first, there are problems with this announcement.

Even if its only for the first 100 days, giving a free venue to only same-sex couples contradicts the equality in Marriage Equality. People could sue for discrimination and quite frankly they could have a case.

It seems that Byrne has bitten more than he can chew, gotten too excited with his recent win, and made a few unfortunately worded promises.

While his attempt was nice and kindhearted, it ultimately could be offensive to the very idea of inclusion and become a legal strain. Byrne might want to check the legality of his promises.

An AU Marriage Equality Ballot Is Earning Laughs For It's Gay Related Barcode

We’ve been in heated talk about Australia’s stance on same-sex marriage for what seems like forever now.

While this currently heated discussion about it may have started around the time that Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream announced that they would be banning same flavor ice cream in their Australian stores, talk about the country’s stance on the issue have been going on for years now.

And with multiple people yelling out into the void of the internet from both sides of the issue, we sometimes forget to take a second and relax.

Luckily, a technical oversight did just the trick.

Jonathan Palmer is the deputy statistician for the Australian Bureau of Statistics or ABS. He was in charge of ensuring that every person who received a ballot to vote yes or no for marriage equality had a different bar code on their sheet.

But, it seems there is a kink in the system as a certain buzzword popped up on one person’s ballot.

This particular barcode was brought to the internet's attention by Adland senior executive Jess Wheeler, who claimed it belonged to a friend of his.

“@ABSStates I don’t think you guys are taking this thing seriously,” he wrote.

As for how “BUMSEX” ended up in someone’s barcode, Palmer states that there was a chance this sort of thing could happen.

“The ABS acknowledges that in issuing 16 million barcodes it did not check and remove words and phrases that may be offensive,” he stated.

"The codes were issued using an algorithm generating more than two quintillion combinations of letters and numbers in order to generate highly secure barcodes."

But, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. In fact, it’s ironic considering the circumstances of the vote and it’s a nice relief from all the heated arguments.

In fact, once the photo hit the internet there were several people enjoying the joke of it all.

As one commenter stated, “Randomness is sometimes pretty awesome.”

And another added it would have been, “far more Australian had it been 'BUMSEXM8.”

And then there were even more comments on Facebook and Twitter.

It’s good to remember that even in heavy debate there can be some good moments of laughter and fun.

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