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Transgender people can enlist in the US military from next year
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After Trump instituted a ban on transgender people in the military, a district Court judge has overruled the ban and refused to open further appeals.
The order follows yet another federal ruling that declared that the military must also pay for trans-inclusive medical services, including gender-affirming surgeries.
Current medical requirements for enlistment include being medically stable for at least 18 months.
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Same sex marriage signed into Australian law
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After a landslide victory in the House of Representatives yesterday, Attorney General George Brandis signed the bill into law this morning.
From midnight tonight all existing same sex couples who are married in countries where their union was already legal will automatically have their marriage recognised under Australian law, and couples will be able to register to marry - under Australian law any couple intending to marry must apply 30 days in advance - so the first same sex marriages are expected from the 9th of January.

This is a fantastic win for equality and human rights!
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Australia says YES - same sex marriage bill passes today
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The final hurdle for the Australian same sex marriage bill was passed today with the House of Representatives voting in favour of passing the bill to allow same sex marriage without amendments 154 in favour, with only 4 MPs voting no.
The yes vote came after almost 29 hours of debate in the House of Representatives and 118 speeches.
The bill would be written into law this week, with the first marriage anticipated next month.

This is an historic day with tears of joy and laughter as the nation celebrates.
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Bloody well get on with it - Australian Parliament set to pass same sex marriage bill today
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After hundreds of hours of debate, same-sex marriage looks set to pass the Parliament today, meaning it could be just days before it is legal.

More than 100 MPs have delivered speeches on the issue this week and most support a change to the definition of marriage.

The Senate has already passed the bill without amendments and the House of Representatives is expected to do the same later today.

The Governor-General could ratify the law this week to make same-sex marriage legal, which would meet Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's hope to get it done by Christmas.

On Wednesday night, Government MP Sarah Henderson gave an emotional speech in which she related the words of a dying friend who urged Parliament to "bloody well get on with it".
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Australian senate passes same sex marriage bill
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This afternoon, there were cheers and hugs in the chamber after the upper house voted 43 to 12 in favour of the bill originally proposed by Liberal Senator Dean Smith.
A momentous occasion for Australia, with just a few hurdles left to pass, it seems The government will keep its promise to pass a bill allowing same sex marriage before the end of the year.
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It's literally your job. Do it
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Danica Roem, the first transgender person elected to a state legislature in Virginia, has finally hit back at Republicans who ran a hateful campaign against her.
Calling them out on focusing on divisive hate tactics rather than working to do the actual job the office is tasked with.
She is all kinds of awesome!
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Australian Attorney General gives heartfelt speech in favour of passing a bill to allow same sex marriage
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By passing this bill, we are saying to those vulnerable young people: there is nothing wrong with you. You are not unusual. You are not abnormal. You are just you. There is nothing to be embarrassed about.
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Same sex marriage debate rages on in Australian Parliament
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Despite almost two thirds of the Australian people voting yes on legislating to allow same sex marriage, the senate is dragging it's heels on actually passing a bill into law, with some politicians attempting to derail the simple question of yes or no into changing the existing anti discrimination laws to reduce the rights of LGBTQ people. The race is on to get the bill passed before Parliament closes for the year with just one week left.
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Australian Attorney General may include human rights treaty to same sex marriage bill
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Attorney-General George Brandis may move an amendment to the bill authored by Liberal Senator Dean Smith, which could incorporate Article 18 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).

That clause provides a range of protections for civil and political rights and states "everyone shall have the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion".

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