Tied up in nots: same-sex marriage divides last bastion of Australian opposition
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Major opposition parties have submitted a bill that would permit same-sex marriage, a move that comes weeks after Taiwan became the first place in Asia to legalize gay marriage. The bill, submitted Monday, is unlikely to go far in the Diet, where the ruling Liberal Democratic Party has barely budged to advance civil rights for LGBT people, even though business leaders have demanded change, saying current policies are hurting their ability to attract top global talent. The bill by the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, Japanese Communist Party and others states that marriage would be established on the basis of marriage equality. One problem faced by any possible law is Article 24 of the Constitution. Supporters have said this article is directed toward family registries and does not affect same-sex marriage, while opponents have said a constitutional change would be needed to allow same-sex unions.
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Church president Russell M. Nelson said love also motivated the original policy as he and other leaders attempted to prevent friction between the beliefs of gay parents and their children. Nelson became president last year but was a member of a top governing body called the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles when the policy took effect. Whenever the sons and daughters of God weep, for whatever reasons, we weep.
Last year, Maranoa was the only electorate in the country to oppose same-sex marriage outright, according to analysis of voter surveys. That puts it out of step with the rest of Australia, if that analysis and an array of opinion polls hold water. As the campaign enters its second week, signs the yes case has the upper hand are balanced by uncertainty about whether a silent majority — less politically engaged and tending to not to be reflected in opinion polls — will produce a different result. Some opponents have resorted to homophobic propaganda through unofficial leaflets and posters. Leading parliamentarians, including the prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull and the opposition leader, Bill Shorten, support marriage equality.