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Hillsong founder Brian Houston – standing up for biblical teaching on marriage
The results of a national ballot on same-sex marriage in Australia will be announced on 15 November.
The voluntary postal voting (a mandatory vote had been considered) runs from 23 September to 27 October. The ballot, costing $122 million, asks: “Do you support a change in the law to allow same-sex couples to marry?”
Australia’s intention to hold a referendum on same-sex marriage has been thrown out by the senate – the country’s upper house of parliament.
The move was supported by many gay marriage activists, even though opinion polls show that most Australians support the government’s proposal to introduce same-sex marriage. But the senate has decided that parliament should make the decision. Most gay campaigners did not want the issue to be put to the public.
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SYRIAN HOSTAGES FREED BY MILITANTS
FOUR CHRISTIAN WOMEN and a church leader kidnapped in early October have been released by Islamist militants in north-west Syria.