Down Under the Aisle

Wishing Australia a Happy Marriage Equality Paper Anniversary, Sydney correspondent Barry McKay’s “Australian Marriage Chronicles” charts the struggle that began in 2004 from the point when it boiled over in August, 2017 through the final vote in the Australian Senate!

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Complete Program Summary for the week of December 24, 2018

Down Under the Aisle

Program #1,604 distributed 12/24/18
Hosted this week by Greg Gordon and produced with Lucia Chappelle

NewsWrap returns on This Way Out Program #1,606 to be distributed 1/7/19.

Feature: On this week’s special program, we celebrate the paper anniversary of marriage equality in Australia by recounting how they got there last year. This Way Out Sydney correspondent BARRY McKAY’s coverage picks up the story when things boiled over in August 2017, but the pot had been simmering since 2004.

That was when the politically conservative Liberal Party of Prime Minister John Howard pushed through an amendment to the Marriage Act declaring the civil institution to be exclusively heterosexual. Efforts to overturn that law in Parliament subsequently failed 22 times. But even before 2017, public opinion polls consistently favored marriage equality. Still, the administration of then-Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull opted for a mail-in survey on the issue …

This special program features:

  • comments by Karl Stevanovic, David Koch, Scott Morrison, Malcolm Turnbull, Penny Wong, Michael Kirby, Lyle Shelton, Jo Ball, Tiernan Brady, Alex Greenwich, Bill Shorten, Magda Szubanski, Ian Thorpe, Tanya Plibersek, Sarah Hanson-Young, George Brandis, and Dean Smith
  • a mid-September 2017 NewsWrap report by MICHELE YEATER and MICHAEL LEBEAU
  • and music from Mr. Postman by THE CARPENTERS, Return to Sender by ELVIS PRESLEY, Same Love by MACKLEMORE with MARY LAMBERT, It’s Looking Good by THE RUTLES, I Do I Do I Do I Do I Do by ABBA, Love Is In The Air by JOHN PAUL YOUNG, Equal Love by JADE LEONARD featuring DOLLY DIAMOND and LUKE GALLAGHER, and Marry Me Right Now, Baby by THE SYDNEY GAY & LESBIAN CHOIR.
Next Week: the biggest LGBTQ news story of 2018 …

Penal Code Section 377: The Final Nail

The death of India’s odious colonial-era anti-gay sex law

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