I acknowledge Senator Smith for his work in bringing this bill to the Parliament. When parents complained about a picture book shown to children with a same-sex couple kissing, their school said that they'd continue to read these books. Australians voted Yes for equality, and this is a profoundly important statement to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer Australians that we are accepted for who we are, that we too belong, that our love is equal and our families are equal. Here's what to do when it happens to you Disastrous week for Democrats in Virginia seems far from over. Wong has been a tireless campaigner for the LGBT community for years and weathered opposition from her political opponents and even her own party who were once against gay marriage. Her son took his life earlier this year.
But our nation chose a different path, a path of hope, a path of acceptance, a path of respect, and for that I thank you all.
Penny Wong makes moving speech in Senate over same-sex marriage legislation
Join the conversation, you are commenting as Logout. I thank you for the opportunity to speak to you and for you to have listened to me so respectfully today without being shouted down — yet — or ridiculed but this is not the experience of those who speak outside the confines of this room against the legalisation of same-sex marriage. Survival, destruction in NSW bushfire emergency Campervan with masturbation slogan sparks calls for crackdown on offensive vehicles In photos, the devastation wrought by bushfires in Tasmania's wild south-west is revealed photos 'I hope you get what you deserve': Of course, there are exceptions and unforeseen circumstances, but fundamentally this is what marriage is all about. But Warren Entsch has been there through thick and thin and was personally thanked by the Prime Minister on Monday. Constitution provides same-sex couples the right to marry, outside the Supreme Court building in Washington, June 26, Got a news tip?
A culture has developed whereby it's acceptable to vilify, mock, abuse and shame anyone who stands in the way or even raise questions about whether we should legalise same-sex marriage. The vitriolic abuse people experience for holding views in opposition to the legalisation of same-sex marriage is phenomenal. What next for refugee medical evacuation? Sign up Log out news. This is what happened to Millie Fontana — an adult child of a lesbian couple. Australian Parliament House via Storyful. What type of society do we want them to grow up in?