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Sam Smith pledges thousands of dollars to Australia’s pro-marriage equality campaign

“An email from Australian Marriage Equality email went out on Thursday: Smith has already been quite vocal about Australia’s marriage equality debate” writes Shannon Connellan for mashable.com. UK singer Sam Smith has made a considerable donation to the Australian pro-marriage equality campaign, reports The Sydney Morning Herald. Source: mashable.com Share This:

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Brexit will be a betrayal of the UK’s fight for equality

“Much EU equality and anti-discrimination legislation remains unknown to those who work outside the field” writes Claude Moraes for theguardian.com. In the worst-case scenario, we face an isolationist Britain in the field of anti-discrimination and equality, one that becomes regressive because it has less funding for equality bodies.At the moment only the ground-breaking race equality directive already covers both employment and all other sectors. Source: theguardian.com Share This:

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UK no further forward on tackling gender inequality, EU table shows

“The overall score for gender equality, when a matrix of data is taken into account, rose by just four points, to 66.2 out of 100, with 100 signifying complete gender equality” writes Simon Goodley for theguardian.com. The UK results fit into a picture of slow progress towards gender equality across Europe between 2005 and 2015.Britain has made zero progress in tackling inequality between the sexes in the past decade and lags behind Sweden, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands and France in the EU’s latest gender equality league table.She said: “Gender equality…

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Uber board says it approved ‘equality’ among shareholders and will move forward with Softbank deal

“The ride-hailing company also agreed to proceed with a massive investment by Japan’s Softbank, previously reported to be as much as $10 billion” writes Finanzen Net Gmbh for businessinsider.com. SoftBank’s interest is an incredible vote of confidence in Uber’s business and long-term potential, and we look forward to finalizing the investment in the coming weeks.”. The moves come a few days after Uber cofounder and ousted CEO Travis Kalanick surprised the company by appointing two new directors to the company’s board. Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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Rapper in emotional plea for marriage equality at NRL grand final

“The US rapper, Macklemore, issued a call for equality after an emotional performance of his hit single, Same Love, in a much-hyped pre-game show at the NRL grand final” writes Stephanie Convery for theguardian.com. The NRL publicly supports marriage equality, and on Sunday night during Macklemore’s performance the stadium screen displayed messages reading, “We stand for inclusiveness” and “We stand for equality”. Source: theguardian.com Share This:

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Alleged Tony Abbott attacker speaks out

“The man charged with assaulting Tony Abbott has denied the alleged attack had anything to do with the same-sex marriage postal vote” writes Adam Morton for theguardian.com. Abbott told Sky News the man who allegedly attacked him told him “you deserve it because of what you have been saying”.Hobart DJ Astro “Funknukl” Labe, 38, was charged with one count of common assault on Friday over an alleged attack on the Hobart waterfront on Thursday afternoon.He had been drinking before the alleged attack. “My motivations were alcohol fuelled to a degree,”…

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Ellen Fights For Marriage Equality With Beautiful Tribute To Her Wife

“Ellen DeGeneres has spoken out in support of marriage equality in Australia in a very romantic way” writes Trends Reporter for huffingtonpost.com. The ballots, which are non-binding, cannot change the current law, which does not recognize same-sex marriage.But based on the results, they could lead to a vote to change the law in Parliament.On Sunday, DeGeneres went on Twitter and urged her 73.5 million followers to “vote yes” for marriage equality with a photo of her wife, actress Portia de Rossi, who is Australian. “I appreciate my wife every day,”…

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Why Brexit and Trump make me nervous about Australia’s marriage equality vote

“It is wrong to assume the silent majority would really say no to marriage equality” writes Brigid Delaney for theguardian.com. They already worry that the coastal elites don’t care about them, and many among those elites seem happy to comply.” Could this backlash against progressives happen with the marriage equality vote?. In fact their statistics on marriage equality show a very stark inner city v country and suburban divide.That’s why the most effective campaigning for marriage equality is persuading soft voters – heterosexual, instinctively conservative, perhaps slightly nervous – that…

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