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Australian Prime Minister hears case for marriage equality

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  1. And our consultation still has not begun!

    1. strange that, considering one half of the government is in full favour of the consultation and marriage equality by 2015 – no major party in Australia is in favour of it and yet the’ve been consulting for the last yr…remember though the Australian consultation will probably not end in marriage and we shouldn’t assume the British one will as well…consultations are only consultations, there is no timetable set by the British govt either for a start date in Autumn, an end date or a proposed bill for marriage equality..

  2. Tim Chapman 23 Aug 2011, 6:50pm

    “Gillard invited the advocates to hear their views and to answer questions about her stated opposition to the issue.”

    So, what were the questions and what were her answers? I’ve never known her to give any rational justification for her opposition to marriage equality.

    1. There is no rational justification for her opposition. As an atheist, she probably supports equality in private.

      But as an opportunistic, political wh0re, the thinks it convenient to support apartheid.

  3. Political consultations are bullshlt. Just a stalling excercise after which they usually say NO. Doesn’t matter if its UK or AUS or USA. Consultation is total nonsense. But, saying that, at least AUS are consulting, unlike the current homophobic tory government in the UK which have delayed the bullshlt consultation process. Cameron says britain is sick and broken but wont put love and equality into law. More like the tories are sick and broken. I won’t get married to my (nearly) monogamous partner of 13 yrs until we have full equality. Civil unions are marriage apartheid.

  4. Yes it is, strange, John. I’m not one for consultations but I’m going to be optimistic about the outcome after it has taken place. Look what happened after the CP consultation, it was legalised. I don’t see the point in the government beginning a consultation on marriage equality unless there is support for it to come to fruition. Why entertatin it if it stands no chance of getting passed ultimately? Makes no sense.

  5. The fact that a separate bill will have to be introduced for marriage equality proves that CPs are not equal.

  6. Tony Windsor, an independent who supports Gillard’s govt, buried his consultation with the community in his first ever newsletter which was either not read (being discarded as junk mail) or not noticed (by me and everyone I know and have spoken to). He received only 1600 replies (majority saying no) and is presenting that as his electorate’s mandate.
    Let’s hope Getup or Avaaz can get onto the case

  7. Gay Daily Mail Reader 24 Aug 2011, 7:04am

    Australia has made considerable progress in recent years with regards to human rights. Aborigines did not get the vote until 1967, the year that homosexuality was decriminalised. South Australia was the first state to legalise gay sex in 1975 but it took until 1990 for all the mainland states to fall into line with Tasmania being forced to toe the line in 1997. Today the Sydney Mardi Gras is one of the largest gay parades in the World. Ayers Rock – sorry, Uluru has not crumbled into the Outback because gays and aborigines are finally achieving equality!

    1. Gay Daily Mail Reader 24 Aug 2011, 7:07am

      Sorry, I meant that 1967 was when homosexuality was legalised in England and Wales. Also it is nice to see that not all members of the Phelps family are vile homophobes!!!

  8. If ONLY we could get Cristina de Kirchner to move from Argentina to Australia. There is a woman of huge talents and majesty! Gillard had an unique opportunity as the first female Prime Minister of Australia, but has badly failed the report card! Supposedly left-wing but just another conservative Labor dudd!
    Revolution has to be enacted and conservatives need to be dealt with by the ‘short and curlies’ screamimg into their discriminatory obvilion!
    Julia , you will be quickly ‘forgotten by GLBT human beings!

  9. Gillard “Having stated in the past that marriage is an institution for men and women only, ”
    While Gillard may hold and express that odd belief it goes against all the evidence, we already do have leaglly recognised same sex marriages in
    Argentina
    Belgium
    Canada
    Iceland
    Netherlands
    Norway
    Portugal
    South Africa
    Spain
    Sweden
    And performed in some jurisdictions
    Mexico: Mexico City
    United States: CT, DC, IA, MA, NH, NY, VT, Coquille, Suquamish

    So don’t let Gillard or anyone else get away with making the nonsense statement that marriage is between one man and one woman.

  10. Gillard has done this only after much criticism that she met twice with the Fundamentalists this year but refused to even meet with the pro-marriage lobby. I have said before, and I still believe, that it will take at least 10 years before we have marriage equality in Aus. She has said very plainly that she will not support a change and the opposition (so-called) leader is vehemently anti-gay and catholic so he won’t budge either. If push comes to shove, Gillard will agree to civil unions but no more.

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