Sunday, July 5, 2015

Australian National Rugby League officially endorses same-sex marriage

Ahead of a cross-party bill on same-sex marriage that is set to be debated in August, the NRL has endorsed marriage for all.

The Australian Parliament has voted down same-sex marriage on a number of occasions, partly due to the opposition of Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s Liberal Party. However, he is under pressure to allow a free vote on the next bill on the issue, following landmark victories for equality in the United States and Ireland.

Announcing the move, the NRL’s Chief Operating Officer Suzanne Young said: “One of the NRL’s core values is inclusiveness and we have put in place practices and policies to support and recognise the rights of our LGBTI community. Accordingly, the NRL supports marriage equality".

“We are very proud that the NRL was the first national sporting organisation to join as a member of the Pride in Diversity Index. For the past three years our welfare and education programs have included homophobia as part of our broader Respectful Relationships programs", she added.

The NRL’s stance simply reflects the growing momentum for marriage equality across all sections of Australian society.

Recently, top Australian underwear and swimwear company AussieBum also supports the campaign to legalize same-sex marriage in Australia by releasing a special line of underwear highlighting the issue.

It´s time Australia!

Remeber this awesome video?

Friday, July 3, 2015

One picture for a historical moment

When Mark Heller and his boyfriend Robert Oliver stepped out of their West Hollywood home on Friday evening to celebrate the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling on marriage equality, they had no clue that less than 48 hours later, their picture would be seen by millions all over the world.

By Sunday morning, the picture of Robert wearing an American flag and Mark wearing a gay pride flag had gone viral. They were on the cover of the Los Angeles Times, RollingStone and in hundreds of other publications around the world. 

As they say, a picture is worth a thousand word.

Mark and Robert surprised for being LA Times´cover