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AUSTRALIA HAS REACHED A TIPPING POINT ON MARRIAGE EQUALITY,

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With a national ballott via postal survey in which Australians will be able to vote “yes” or “no” on whether same-sex couples should be allowed to marry. An estimated 95 percent of Australian adults are enrolled to vote, which is compulsory—except for more than 250,000 people ages 18-24, who aren’t yet on the electoral roll. Whether out of complacency or cynicism toward their political leaders, it is hoped that—as with Ireland—the youth of Australia will register and vote in favor of marriage equality. Former conservative prime minister Tony Abbott has spoken out against the ballott, calling it “political correctness.” Abbott’s out lesbian sister, Christine Forster, who is a city councillor, has tweeted: “If you don’t believe your relationships (or anyone else’s) are second rate: vote yes.”

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This issue, we chose basketball champion Sue Bird of the WNBA’s Seattle Storm as our cover girl. This newly out, four-time Olympic gold medal winner is a lesson in strength, persistence, and humility. I hope you enjoy Lucy J. Madison’s excellent interview on page 62. And if Sue Bird isn’t enough to inspire you to support your favorite team or athlete, be sure to go see Battle of the Sexes, starring Emma Stone, when it is released nationally on September 22. Battle of the Sexes is about the famous tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs. King and Riggs played in the Houston Astrodome, and the match was nationally televised in 1973, long before ESPN and the Tennis Channel