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Australian PM Won't Eat With Gay Auction Winners

Australia's Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, doesn't like the idea of gay marriage. Nor is she very fond of awkward dinners.

Too bad for her. In June, the liberal Australian advocacy group GetUp! won an "intimate dinner" with Ms. Gillard at a charity auction. Their bid: $31,000, AUS. Their plan: Send same-sex couples to sup with Ms. Gillard and talk about marriage equality. The result: Ms. Gillard has so far refused to set a date for their meeting.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP, as Australia's ABC News catches up with Ms. Gillard's jilted would-be dinner companions.


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  1. Make this ugly grunt watch the 'GetUp' video and maybe her flinty mind will catch spark.

    Posted by: princely54 | Nov 26, 2011 9:37:36 AM

  2. So, is she giving the money back?

    Posted by: Josh | Nov 26, 2011 9:46:11 AM

  3. she's just another evil hateful her brethern in the USA

    Posted by: disgusted american | Nov 26, 2011 9:50:43 AM

  4. @ Disgusted American No, shes jsut another career politician. She wont have dinner with them until after the vote, and then she can say "Well its already been voted on, theres nothing I can do."

    Posted by: Alex | Nov 26, 2011 9:56:30 AM

  5. Looks like Australia has the curse of Republicanism too.

    Posted by: Chip | Nov 26, 2011 10:05:37 AM

  6. I guess she'd rather eat her chicken dinner all alone.

    Posted by: K in VA | Nov 26, 2011 10:09:18 AM

  7. Loathe this woman

    Posted by: michael | Nov 26, 2011 10:12:51 AM

  8. What is this woman'ss problem? If they won the auction then she should do the honorable thing and have the dinner with them. There's no reason why she can't just politely explain her position on gay marriage. People who disagree politically can still get along with each other.

    Posted by: Mary | Nov 26, 2011 10:50:07 AM

  9. I love the couples... so down to earth and likeable. How cool are gay people!

    Posted by: Joey | Nov 26, 2011 11:12:35 AM

  10. Just another politician running scared of her constituents.

    Posted by: topdawg | Nov 26, 2011 11:21:27 AM

  11. Typical line: "there are deeply held and differing views," as if that makes it OK to discriminate.

    On the one hand we have "deeply held views"

    and on the other people's LIVES.

    Posted by: KevinVT | Nov 26, 2011 11:25:06 AM

  12. I loathe Julia Gillard. At least those opposed to marriage equality here in the U.S. cite their religious convictions (however irrational and wrongheaded they may be). Julia Gillard, on the other hand, has made public her atheism. She has no reason to oppose marriage equality except her own bigotry and political opportunism. She sucks.

    Posted by: peterparker | Nov 26, 2011 11:25:58 AM

  13. Well, she can eat me then.

    Posted by: kodiak | Nov 26, 2011 11:33:27 AM

  14. The sad thing is this woman is supposed to be Australia's version of a Democrat. Also, the western leader making the most inroads in the current fight for LGBT rights is strangely a conservative (Cameron). I feel like I'm in the twilight zone.

    Posted by: James C | Nov 26, 2011 11:48:48 AM

  15. She is a liberal, an atheist, a pro-Palestinian convert, a pro-evolutionist, but according to the 'Rules' this is the correct formula to be 'pro-gay' yet she is a homophobe...

    Meanwhile David Cameron is a christian, pro-Israel, has questioned evolution before, and a conservative and this is the formula for the 'bad guys' but YET he supports and will legalize gay marriage...

    Ok brandon looks like you have a lot of esplaining tu doo...

    Posted by: Jose S. | Nov 26, 2011 12:47:07 PM

  16. Gillard is an atheist and has never really been able to explain her anti-gay marriage views. Maybe she's worried her dinner guests will ask

    Posted by: Mike C. | Nov 26, 2011 12:53:20 PM

  17. I've seen politicians that turned out to be weasels, but this is the first time I've seen one elected that physically looks like a weasel in addition to being one.

    Posted by: Castro Craig | Nov 26, 2011 1:03:43 PM

  18. Dear Jose:

    Yep. It confuses me, too.

    - BKT

    Posted by: Brandon K. Thorp | Nov 26, 2011 1:19:38 PM

  19. She was foolish to offer this as a prize at any auction, obviously a majority of those bidding would want to have dinner with her to discuss issues and not just for the "honor of meeting her". Now that she's made the mistake its time for her to stand up (or rather, Getup) and do it.

    Posted by: Blade | Nov 26, 2011 1:52:37 PM

  20. the australian version of michelebachmann. wonder if she has her version of marcus?

    Posted by: walter | Nov 26, 2011 2:17:13 PM

  21. She's presiding over one of the world's only healthy economies right now, so she must be doing something right.

    Posted by: Cinesnatch | Nov 26, 2011 4:04:57 PM

  22. And to think that so many Austrlian gays - the twits that they are - were fooled into voting for this woman at the last election!

    Memo to Aussie gays: you're twits - twits, twits, twits.

    Posted by: jason | Nov 26, 2011 4:06:50 PM

  23. The problems here are twofold. First, she is obviously a busy person, and timing is always a challenge.

    Secondly, tho she is from the left side of her political party, she is beholden to the right of the Labor Party to stay their leader. THEY do not want Equal Marriage under any circumstances, so she has to speak out against it in public, no matter what, simply to keep her grasp on power, till her popularity improves. The joke is, if she showed some balls on this, her popularity with the general public would actually improve. At the cost of her support within the party room, which she needs to remain PM. Having said that, expect to see the ALP to formally come out in favour of same sex marriage at their national conference, after which she will be freer to make some moves in favour...

    Posted by: Stufromoz | Nov 26, 2011 4:44:20 PM

  24. Oh, and @ JASON - Yes, Gillard may not be the big friend of the gays, but Abbott was even less of a friend. Most of the ALP candidates in the gay ghetto seats are major friends of the gays in the party room and the house. Tho I am no fan of the ALP these days, they were our best hope at the rep level. At the senate level, the greens were far away the better option, and they did get an increased vote remember...

    Posted by: Stufromoz | Nov 26, 2011 4:47:14 PM

  25. Statistically the majority of Australians are in support of gay marriage. One problem is, as with many other issues here..from a political standpoint what concerns our politicians are the marginal seats i.e. those electoral seats barely held onto by the dominant party and those they can win at the next election. As a result a determining factor will be what the majority think in these marginal electoral seats rather than what the majority think nation wide. The right wing of the Labor party are sadly also a strong contributing factor to the Governments agenda at the moment.
    A lot of the policy this government has passed through our Parliament has actually been very progressively left and socially reformist. Sadly this has been accompanied by a pandering to conservative fears at the morally lowest imaginable level.. all for the usual reasons.. power.. power.. power.

    Posted by: Dominique | Nov 26, 2011 5:39:56 PM

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