A couple updates out of Australia today. First off, the ACT Deputy Chief Minister and Treasurer Andrew Barr thinks Paul Rudd’s commitment to a marriage equality vote in Parliament could win his party some seats in next month’s election. Pink News reports:
The ACT Deputy Chief Minister and Treasurer Andrew Barr, has predicted that Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s commitment to introduce same-sex marriage could bring with it a political advantage in several seats in next month’s election… Barr, who entered a civil union with his partner Anthony Toms in 2009 praised Mr Rudd’s decision. “Not only is it the right thing to do, I suspect that there will be a political outcome for him,” Mr Barr said.
And in other news, Penny Wong, the lesbian leader of the Australian Senate, rejected calls for a referendum on marriage equality. Pink News reports:
The leader of the Australian Senate says she’s not in favour of a referendum on equal marriage – despite supporting marriage rights for same-sex couples. Senator Penny Wong told Australia’s Insight programme: “The reason I don’t support a referendum has been demonstrated in the debate thus far – I don’t believe that I want to be put in a situation…or I want the country and community in a situation, where some of the hateful things that have been said in this debate become so central to the public discourse.
We remember all to well the Prop 8 Campaign here in California…