According to Gay Star News, Australia Prime Minister Julia Gillard has called for national elections on September 14th:
Gillard said she has given such long notice before the election, some say the longest in history, so that the year’s political debates can be ‘not of fevered campaign but of cool and reasoned deliberation’.
Although Gillard, a liberal, atheist, single woman, has long opposed marriage equality, Australia’s main marriage equality organization plans to make it an issue:
‘Just as the 2010 election saw marriage equality move to centre stage in Australian politics, the 2013 election will see it become a key vote winner for those who support it,’ said national convener Rodney Croome.
64% of Australians support marriage equality, according to the latest poll information we have.