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Ireland: Unnamed Politician on Marriage Equality: “We’ve Had Enough of This Shit”

Monday, December 30th, 2013

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Some of Ireland’s Fine Gael party are upset that the Prime Minister is pushing a marriage equality referendum.

Pink News reports:

Ireland’s Prime Minister (Taoiseach) Enda Kenny says he will be actively campaigning in favour of the country’s referendum on equal marriage – as an unnamed minister from his Fine Gael party is quoted as saying “we have had enough of this s**t.”

The Irish Independent reports that the outburst was over the prospect of Ireland staging another referendum on a key social issue. “We have had enough of this sh**,” said the unnamed Fine Gael minister. “We are not going again. We did the abortion, we are not f****** doing this one. We got away with the abortion one, but this referendum is guaranteed to be defeated,” the minister added.

In related news, Coca Cola, fresh off refusing to drop its sponsorship of the Sochi Olympics, has instead dropped a gay wedding scene from an Irish commercial.

Gay Star News reports:

The new campaign, Reasons To Believe, shows familiar scenes intended to inspire viewers such as charity runners, cakes being baked and child choirs. In one part of the advert, the line reads ‘For every display of hatred’ – showing a gang breaking into a car – ‘there are 5000 celebrations of love’ – which shows, in many countries, a gay couple getting married. But in Ireland, the gay couple scene is replaced with an image of a young straight, interracial couple walking down the aisle.

Looks like Coke is showing its true colors.

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Australia: Prime Minister Plays Down Idea of Marriage Equality Vote

Monday, December 16th, 2013

Australia MapA day after Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull suggested an open vote on the marriage equality bill could be forthcoming, Prime Minister Tony Abbott played down the idea.

The Guardian reports:

But in a radio interview on Monday, Abbott was unwilling to commit to a conscience vote, saying any private member’s bill would be considered by the Liberal-National party room “in the normal way”. He pointed to the past failure of legislation to legalise same-sex marriage. “If there is a proposal put to the parliament, a private member’s bill put to the parliament, it will be dealt with by our party room in the normal way, and our policy has been that marriage is between a man and a woman but in the end it’s up to the party room to decide what our policy is,” Abbott told the ABC.

And Turnbull also got some pushback from an anti-gay Australian Senator.

Pink News reports:

Australian Senator Cory Bernardi has called on former Liberal leader and current Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull to stop publicly advocating equal marriage or resign from government… “If Malcolm Turnbull wants to talk about fringe issues outside party policy, he should resign from the frontbench,” Mr Bernardi said in response. “Our longstanding party position is that marriage is between a man and a woman. Our frontbenchers need to reflect that in any comments they make. When you are a frontbencher there is no room for a personal view.”

Two steps forward, one step back. Or is that one step forward, two steps back?

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Luxembourg: Prime Minister Wants Marriage Equality in Country by 2014

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

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Xavier Bettel, the incoming, openly gay prime minister of Luxembourg, once the country to pass the marriage equality bill next year.

On Top Magazine reports:

Bettel, the leader of the Democratic Party and the current mayor of Luxembourg City, on October 25 was designated as the nation’s “formateur” and as such will lead the formation of a coalition government. Bettel will not become the first openly gay person to head a nation when he takes over the reigns in a few weeks. Iceland’s former leader Johanna Siguroardottir served a 4-year term ending in May. Under her watch, Iceland extended marriage rights to gay couples. Neither will Bettel be the first gay male prime minister. Belgium’s Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo is also openly gay.

The tiny country, sandwiched between France, Belgium, and Germany, would become the 11th country in Europe to have marriage equality. Its two neighbors to the west, France and Belgium, already allow same-sex couples to marry.

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Ireland: Prime Minister Supports Marriage Equality, Referendum Planned for May, 2015

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013
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Marriage equality will go before voters in Ireland in May 2015, and the Prime Minister came out in full support.

Towleroad reports:

At their meeting today, Ministers accepted the recommendation of Minister for Justice Alan Shatter that they should follow the advice of the Constitutional Referendum and put the issue of same-sex marriage to the people. It is now expected that same sex marriage and a number of other proposed constitutional changes including a reduction in the voting age to 17 will be put to the electorate in May 2015. This morning, Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore said it was important that the Government “win” any referendum on same-sex marriage. “It is important that we win this referendum. It is an important issue and we know from referenda on social issues before that it is important to do some preparation before the referendum is held,” he said on his way into the Cabinet meeting this morning.

Somewhere between two thirds and three quarters of Irish voters support marriage equality, according to recent polls.

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Australia: Will New South Wales Pass a Marriage Equality Bill Next?

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

Just a week after the Australian Capital Territory passed the first marriage equality bill in Australia, New South Wales may be set to follow. reports:

The parliament of New South Wales will debate a marriage equality bill next week, Sky News reports: The group consisting of Liberal, National, Greens, Labor and independent members say the bill follows community and legal consultation, including a parliamentary inquiry that found NSW has the constitutional power to legislate on marriage. Labor MLC Penny Sharpe said she will introduce the bill next Thursday. ‘The community and parliament can be confident we have done our due diligence to ensure we have the strongest bill possible; one that will allow loving and committed same-sex couples to marry in NSW and one that will withstand any high court challenge,’ she said.

The new conservative federal government is already moving to quash the law in the ACT.

Australia Prime Minister Tony AbbottIn related news, and general dickishness, new Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has said he will attend his lesbian sisters wedding, but will not support it.

Gay Star News reports:

According to 3AW, Abbott said: ‘If there’s a ceremony of some kind, yes, I will be there with a present. I’ll do the right thing.’ He revealed he saw no way he could ever change his mind and support same-sex couples. Abbott added: ‘I am a traditionalist on this. From time immemorial in every culture that’s been known, marriage, or that kind of solemnised relationship, has been between a man and a women.’

Maybe the next time progresses gain power in Australia, they can choose someone actually progressive as their PM. Julia Gillard was a disaster for the LGBT community, and probably set back marriage equality 5 to 10 years in Australia. Just sayin’.

Australia: Abbott Might Allow Conscience Vote on Marriage Equality

Friday, October 11th, 2013

Australia Prime Minister Tony AbbottAustralia’s Prime Minister hinted that he might be willing to allow his members a conscience vote on marriage equality.

Pink News reports:

Equal marriage remains banned at a federal level in Australia and efforts to legalise the measure failed in the Australian Parliament in September 2012. But Mr Abbott suggests there is nothing to stop the Federal Parliament from reconsidering the issue. With Labor and the Greens committed to marriage equality, and several prominent Liberal MPs in favour of a conscience vote, the government fully expects the issue to come back before the new Parliament.

Is that a light at the end of the conservative tunnel?

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Australia: Prime Minister’s Sister Says Tony Abbott May Be Shifting His Stance on Marriage Equality

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

Sydney Councillor Christine ForsterNew conservative Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s sister, Christine Forster, thinks he may be slowly coming around on marriage equality.

Pink News reports:

Openly gay Christine Forster, a Liberal councillor spoke at an Australian Marriage Equality forum on Wednesday to say that although Abbott remains “comfortably opposed” to equal marriage, he understands the importance of the issue across the world. “He’s increasingly aware of how important this issue is to members of his family, to me – his sister, to his daughters, and to the rest of the world,” she said. Continuing, however, she said she was unsure on whether he would ever change his view. “His view, for whatever reason he holds it, is his view and he’s entitled to his view… But he hears me, he hears us.”

Is he coming around enough to maybe allow a conscience vote on the issue?

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Australia: Young Boy Asks Prime Minister Gillard Why She Blocked Marriage Equality

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

6a00d8341c730253ef019affb35f34970c-800wiA young boy in Sydney, Australia got a huge applause for asking ex-prime minister Julia Gillard why she wouldn’t let gay people will get married.

Towleroad reports:

Last night, at a forum at the Sydney Opera House, a young boy got a huge round of applause and cheers when he asked former Prime Minister Julia Gillard: “How come you didn’t let gay people get married?” Gillard laughed, saying, “It’s a politician in the making there I think.”

She then said: “I do understand that the position I took on gay marriage perplexed many people, given who I am and so many of my beliefs. I’ve actually had lots of conversations with many of my old friends about this – some of them have got a different view than me…But I’m a lot older than you, and when I went to university and started forming my political views of the world, we weren’t talking about gay marriage.”

I’m sorry, but age is no excuse. Both my grandmothers, in their 90s, supported marriage equality. Bigotry is bigotry, no matter the age.

UK: Married Same Sex Couples Eligible for 1,000 Pound Tax Break

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

UK Prime Minister David CameronGay and lesbian couples who marry in the United Kingdom next year will be eligible for a 1,000 pound tax break, Prime Minister David Cameron announced yesterday.

Gay Star News reports:

The leader of the Conservative party announced his support over Twitter, stating that the recently announced #1000 tax break to married couples will apply regardless of sexuality. In a tweet, the PM said: ‘The #1000 marriage tax allowance will apply to straight and gay couples, as well as civil partners. Love is love, commitment is commitment.’

Just a little more incentive for gay and lesbian couples in UK to marry.

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Australia: Marriage Equality Foes Win National Election

Saturday, September 7th, 2013

Australia Opposition Leader Tony AbbottAustralia’s marriage equality hopes may have been dashed, at least for the next several years, as the conservative coalition was swept into power.

Lez Get Real reports:

Australia has a new Prime Minister and a new ruling party. Despite a number of campaign missteps, the Conservative Party lead by Tony Abbott has been swept into office by a landslide. The victory was largely due to dissatisfaction with infighting and instability within the Labor Party than anything else. Abbott, however, is not for same-sex marriages and once described them as the fashion of the time that would eventually pass. Abbott vowed to cut taxes and crack down on asylum seekers arriving by boat. Abbott stated that “From today I declare that Australia is under new management and Australia is once more open for business.”

Ex-PM Julia Gillard can take comfort knowing she put off equality for thousands and thousands of Australians long enough for her party to lose power to the conservatives.

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