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Sister of Australian PM says he may be beginning to see equal marriage ‘in a slightly different way’

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  1. Hey, Tony. Just blank out everything you’ve ever heard from religion about homosexuality. EVERYTHING – about marriage being for men and women, etc. Then think along the lines of, “Is it right that two ‘people’ should be treated differently over their right to register their love for each other just because they are of the same sex? This is about ‘equality’ – NOT some definition of a partnership contract hijacked by religion as if they own it. They do not.

    1. Robert in S. Kensington 2 Oct 2013, 4:44pm

      The sooner he can discern the very distinct difference between religious and civil marriage would be a good start, but I won’t hold my breath. Civil marriage isn’t biblical and doesn’t connote procreation either. Another thing he needs to get into that thick skull of his.

  2. Colin (London) 2 Oct 2013, 4:55pm

    I hope so but it still falls short of human decency.

    I so respect Christine Forester.

    Encouragement comes from Australian Workers Union boss Paul Howes as per the article on Gaystarnews.

    Get religion off this planet please.

  3. Clearly the Australian wedding industry has woken up to the amount of revenue they are going to loose to neighbouring New Zealand.

  4. Remember, if you’re an LGBT professional immigrant and you’re considering Australia, just remember New Zealand has comprehensive relationship equality, marriage equality and inclusive adoption laws. That overheated dog’s breakfast across the Tasman doesn’t.

  5. Common sense 2 Oct 2013, 10:42pm

    All he needs to do is allow his MPs a conscience vote. At the election before last he campaigned on an antigay marriage ticket and could justify keeping a rigid block vote against equal marriage. That was not the case this time round and he promised that if the issue came up in the party room they may allow a conscience vote.

    This ultimately is key. There are many liberals that support equal marriage and with Labor voting as a block with the greens it could pass.

    So tony, you don’t have to support equal marriage yourself – just give your own MPs the freedom to decide for themselves.

  6. Yes, he’s entitled to his (personal) view but he’s NOT entitled to force that view on the Australian people who employ him!

  7. Sandgroper 3 Oct 2013, 3:48am

    I’m not holding my breath.

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