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Australia: Equal marriage campaigners welcome Julia Gillard’s decision to resign as prime minister

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  1. I am glad that she is gone. Now let’s hope that come election time in Australia, he can manage to hold on and hopefully make some changes for LGBT Australians.

  2. D McCabe, Rudd at the helm will make no difference because, firstly Julia Gillard allowed a conscience vote, and secondly it is Tony Abbott that is the real blocker to same-sex marriage because Tony Abbott who did not allow his party a conscience vote.

    1. Cabinet solidarity must be considered though. MPs generally listen to the party leader. Almost none of the Conservative MPs would have voted for it if it hadn’t been for Cameron’s support (one of the few things he and Clegg actually got right for once).

      In Australia neither party supported it so it really had no chance

  3. Sandgroper 26 Jun 2013, 1:00pm

    Anyone thinking Rudd will be the saviour for same-sex marriage rights needs to consider what a sycophant to the media and electorate.

    1. GulliverUK 26 Jun 2013, 2:19pm

      His conversion sounded genuine, and it’s one homophobe out, and one equality supporter in, that’s a win. It sends a message to everybody about the way forward, whether they’re a supporter, yet, or not.

      In the UK we allowed a free vote and it was a massive landslide in favor of equality, and not all of the Liberals are opposed to equal marriage either. It’s now up to LGBT in Australia to make themselves hear in the election and at the ballot box. Let’s see what they can do — no pressure !

      ps. Politicians are known for kissing babies, even if they hate children, it’s only their actions and direction of travel which truly matter.

      1. The only thing genuine about K.Rudd is his self inflated ego. He has done a lot of damage to the ALP over the last three years and now the party is divided going into the election.

        God help Australia with this meglomaniac back at the helm.

        1. GulliverUK 26 Jun 2013, 4:23pm

          Would you rather have him as leader or Gillard? It’s a clear choice when you only have two choices. At least he’s for equal marriage. I certainly hope they win or are able to form a coalition – don’t want the Liberals in.

  4. Jock S. Trap 26 Jun 2013, 2:26pm

    Excellent to hear Hypocrite Ms Gillard has lost.

    Also glad to hear Mr Rudd is supportive of Marriage Equality.

    So now he has spoken his support, won the leadership lets have less just talk and more talk with action.

  5. Not to insult Australia but they have always been very anti-gay it seems, at least compared to the UK and we’re hardly perfect either. Lets see the record

    Repeal of sodomy laws:

    Legal recognition
    UK: 2004
    Aus: 2010

    UK: 2002
    Aus: Illegal except in New South Wales

    Something tells me New Zealand is a better holiday destination for gay guys… and hobbits!

    1. Well, it really depends on what state you live in. South Australia decriminalised in 1972 and more fully in 1975, whereas Tasmania not until 1997. It’s also worth mentioning several states had civil unions schemes for a few years and both SA and Tas (very progressive now) have tried to introduce marriage equality.

    2. MattISaTOOL 26 Jun 2013, 4:45pm

      Australia is not an ‘anti gay country. Firstly i would like to point out if a country implements gay marriage it doesn’t mean the nation fully excepts homosexuals. (E. Most of South Africa isn’t really tolerant of lgbt) Laws are important but its the PEOPLE who make it accepting. Secondly Most Australian States repealed sodomy laws back in the 1970s/1980s. The last state your thinking of was tasmania which got repealed in 97. ( Tasmania population is 2% of Australia’s population. Legal recognition varies by state and state ( Eg. NSW gave recognition in 2005) You also need to get your facts on gay adoption. New South Wales, Western Australia and ACT have full adoption where is the other states have step child adoption. Lastly tackling Gay marriage is great but their many other issues. NSW for example is funding LGBT AIDS awareness ( to eliminate HIV), millions to fund LGBT seniors, Include inter-sex in the discrimination act, and introducing proud schools- to tackle homophobia…..

      1. MattISaTOOL 26 Jun 2013, 5:31pm

        Also i would like to add Inter-sex people have just recently been including in the sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination act. Meaning Australia is the first country in the world to include inter-sex citizens. Funny how pinknews didn’t bother to mention an article about it.

        1. Yep, I’ve noticed that too. Federal LBBTI anti-discrimination laws were passed in Australia this week and Pink News never even bothered to report on it. Very very interesting.

  6. That’s great news for our Aussie friends.
    And not before time, too :)

  7. dogging anyone? that popular sport of heterosexuals.

    If the dogging activity keeps the d/e’v/’ian’/ts out of our public green spaces where there are innocent children who do not need to be exposed or surrounded by dogging perverts, then I suppose there is some benefit.

    Person ally, I don’t see what there is to be proud of. Is it the infestation of our public green spaces for immoral use, or the fact that christians are 100 times more likely to engaged in hypocritical moralising?

  8. Goodbye Gillard. The country supports gay marriage, the Labor party supports gay marriage… she was holding the party back.

    Kevin Rudd probably won’t win the upcoming election, but if he stays leader long enough to win the next election, gay marriage will happen in Australia before 2020.

  9. Ruth Tidemann 26 Jun 2013, 11:02pm

    Well Rudd has ousted Gilliard in exactly the same way that Gilliard did to him a while back. So tit for tit! And now he’s comin g out in favour of equality for same sex marriages! Well he’s a slimey devil, but if he sticks to his guns we the LGBT people of the world could use him!

  10. What goes around comes around!

    It is called Karma!!!

    Three years ago the same exact thing happened!

    I call it the “Australian Political Dryer” – it spins and spins and it never stops!!!!!

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