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Australian Prime Minister Vows to Fight Marriage Equality 
29th-Jul-2009 11:27 am
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd of Australia has made hypocritical statements regarding same-sex marriage. He maintains his party "respects" same-sex couples, but still vows to fight against their right to marry.

Take action by contacting the Prime Minister and urging him to support marriage rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual couples.

http://queersunited.blogspot.com/2009/07/australian-prime-minister-vows-to-fight.html
Comments 
29th-Jul-2009 03:55 pm (UTC)
Kevin Rudd is a devoted Christian, and while he doesn't always make reference to this, his views mirror that of Christians accross the board- not wanting people to be bashed or miss out on jobs etc because of their sexuality, but only recognising marriage as occuring between a man and a woman.

He never once said that he would change the legislation, yet it always surprises me to hear that some people voted for him, believing that his views were different from John Howard's in that area.
29th-Jul-2009 09:23 pm (UTC)
The reality of it all is that the PM never (to the best of my knowledge, of course) said that he would even consider gay marriage.

Chapter 13 of the 2007 National Labor Party Platform states:
15. Labor believes that people are entitled to respect, dignity and the opportunity to participate in society and receive the protection of the law regardless of their sexuality or gender identity.
Labor supports the enactment of legislation prohibiting discrimination on the grounds of a person’s sexuality or gender identity and will audit Commonwealth legislation to amend provisions that unfairly discriminate against any person on the grounds of sexuality or gender identity.

16. Labor will ensure that all couples who have a mutual commitment to a shared life do not suffer discrimination because they are not married.

Labor will take action to ensure the development of nationally consistent, state-based relationship recognition legislation that will include the opportunity for couples who have a mutual commitment to a shared life to have those relationships registered and certified. This legislation will:

■ Be based on the scheme that has existed in Tasmania since 2004 and that the Victorian
government has announced its intention to introduce;
■ Not create schemes that mimic marriage or undermine existing laws that define marriage
as being between a man and a woman.


As I understand it, there are forces at work within the ALP to get this ridiculous policy changed

I believe that all Australian's are entitled to marriages not unions but I don't think that people should be pointing fingers at the PM and saying that he has somehow reneged on his promises. The government have already done something the Libs would struggle to do and remove discrimination from all Federal Legislation.

I think the best way to get your voices heard on this matter would be to make a submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee Inquiry into the Marriage Equality Amendment Bill 2009.
29th-Jul-2009 09:27 pm (UTC)
The worst thing is, they recently changed Centrelink rules to make sure they can disadvantage same-sex couples just as much as heterosexual couples. Now if you're on the dole and sharing a two bedroom flat with six mates just so you can afford the rent, you have to prove you're not in a relationship with any of them, male or female. Or they'll slash your payments or cancel them outright, and probably fine you as well.

The government's happy to share the disadvantages equally, not so quick on sharing the advantages though.
6th-Aug-2009 05:08 am (UTC)
Now if you're on the dole and sharing a two bedroom flat with six mates just so you can afford the rent, you have to prove you're not in a relationship with any of them

The mind boggles as to how one might go about that!
12th-Jan-2010 11:46 am (UTC)
And yet there are some countries like Canada which *according to wiki* permit same-sex-marriage in all states. When is Australia going to follow suit?
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