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Former Australian PM Kevin Rudd reverses anti-marriage equality stance

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  1. JackAlison 20 May 2013, 5:08pm

    Someone wants to retain their seat or worse is having another shot at the leadership.
    Gay ppl. are fools to be played by such perverse and cruel antics that are at their expense. Politics in Australia is a race to the bottom. Full federal anti discrimination law protection for gay ppl. has been put on hold and the churches have secured powerful loopholes and exemptions to fire ppl. because they happen to be gay even though many of these organizations receive millions of dollars in taxpayer funding and tax exemptions.

  2. GulliverUK 20 May 2013, 5:18pm

    Finally, Kevin Rudd wakes up from his coma. Thank you God ! :D

    1. Hopefully soon to become one of the walking dead

  3. Midnighter 20 May 2013, 5:54pm

    He’s only just noticed NOW that the Bible is full of stuff we now think is silly?

    Glad he’s come to his own conclusion and spoken up, although I too am cynical as to whether this is a sign of moral fortitude or a strategist adopting a popular stance to gain votes.

    1. David Waite 20 May 2013, 8:49pm

      Perhaps Mr. Rudd just started reading the Bible. I’m acquainted with a fair number of Christians who ‘know’ only what their bishops say is in their Bible.

      1. Midnighter 20 May 2013, 9:05pm

        Quite likely right, since there are studies (Such as Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life, 2010) showing atheists know considerably more about the religion than Christians do.

  4. Yes-but don’t you think this is like sports stars who come out AFTER they have retired from the sport?

    I mean-Julia Gillard is the PM as we speak- so its like her changing stance AFTER she loses power.

  5. Oh well, better late than never I suppose.

    1. de Villiers 20 May 2013, 6:54pm

      La trahison n’est qu’une question de temps.

  6. Can’t wait till Julia Gillard gets booted out of office!!

    1. As is the whole country

      1. And replaced by Tony Abbott? *shudders*

  7. “My core interest is to be clear-cut about the change in my position locally on this highly controversial issue before the next election, so that my constituents are fully aware of my position when they next visit the ballot box,” he said.

    Enough said! maybe his voters will see they are being played and provide him with the freedom to take long hikes!

  8. There will be a collective sigh of relief from the whole country when Gillard, Swan and Rudd are booted out of office. After the debacle of the last election Australian voters want a government that has a clear majority in the H of Reps. Rudd is a vindictive egomaniac and has done his best to displace Julia and the ALP over the last three years much to the delight of Abbot and the Liberal Party. If Rudd has changed his mind with regard to marriage equality he has not done so with the best of intentions. With the boom ending in the West the country is nervous and the economy will be the primary focus of the upcoming election. ME will just not be an issue of concern.

  9. PeterinSydney 20 May 2013, 9:02pm

    Mr Rudd is a good human being. Well done to him. And a wonderful challenge to both Gillard and Abbott. Hopefully it might help to prevent Australia being the very last country in the world to grant marriage equality.

  10. He’s playing the system. If he actually believed in marriage equality, then he would also say that religions shouldn’t be protected and should have to obey anti-discrimination legislation and pay taxes.

    He’s a nasty little narcissist. And people wonder why he was ousted as leader of the party. This is the reason.

  11. Any Australian homosexual of any gender making comment on this post about the removal of the Labor Government and replacement with the conservative alternative (led by a former Jesuit Aspirant to the Priesthood who couldn’t even see that out) needs their head read.

    I live in Queensland where a Labor Government was replaced with the conservative alternative with a massive parliamentary majority. The first piece of legislation removed by this new “government” was State Recognition of Same Sex Relationships. Their next course of action was to defund the Queensland Association of Healthy Communities who have worked in the area of HIV/AIDS education and support for over three decades! This funding was then “re-directed” to Church-based welfare groups. They then moved to defund and remove any access to the main Sexual Health Service used by ALL Queenslanders (not just the Lesbian, Gay, Trans, Bi and Intersex Community) by defunding it to the point that it merely operates on skeleton staff

    1. And to continue – if you think that this is not going to happen Federally should Abbott and his motley crew of fundamentalists get elected with a large majority, then you are deluded.

    2. MattISaTOOL 27 May 2013, 9:52pm

      Interestingly In My State NSW, the LIBERAL premier supports gay marriage and adoption. His government also introduced ‘gender and sexual diversity’ to be taught in NSW schools And just this week put forward a bill to include intersex people in the discrimination act. Funny enough Your previous labour gov introduced civil unions but was against gay adoption, surrogacy etc..So our conservative Government in more progressive then your Labour one lol?.. And it makes queensland Liberals look like rednecks… But yea I know Federally Labour is a MILLION times better then liberal….too bad their gonna get crucified in the next election…..

    3. MattISaTOOL 27 May 2013, 10:04pm

      interestingly In My State NSW, the LIBERAL premier supports gay marriage and adoption. His government also introduced ‘gender and sexual diversity’ to be taught in NSW schools And just this week put forward a bill to include intersex people in the discrimination act. The liberal government also donated millions to end hiv in NSW.. Including billboards and even regular ads on YOUTUBE… Thats more progressive then even you previous labour government LOL.. but on a federal level.. labour is obviously better!

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