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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. It sucks to be an Australian gay right now.

    Posted by: jason | Nov 26, 2011 5:44:59 PM

  2. She reminds me a gay-hating female housemate I had in college. Some women demand equality for themselves, then gleefully attack gay men. They can be the worst enemies of gay men because they know you can't punch their faces in.

    Posted by: ron | Nov 26, 2011 6:02:08 PM

  3. She is a coward!

    Posted by: Harry | Nov 26, 2011 7:12:11 PM

  4. How can i help make sure this hateful, entitled, bigoted woman doesn't get re-elected?

    Posted by: jason | Nov 27, 2011 12:35:40 AM

  5. I live in Australia. The politics is awful. Lots of useless good old boys.

    I would never vote for Julia Gillard or Labour. They are no friends of gay people. The Liberal party is worse.

    60% of Australians are supposedly in favour. However there is strong opposition.

    Fortunately we have some good independents like 'The Greens'.

    Things will change.

    Posted by: Michael Singh | Nov 27, 2011 2:48:45 AM

  6. It's her loss! Gay people are fun to be around!!!

    Posted by: Jeffrey | Nov 28, 2011 12:02:50 AM

  7. Wait... dinner with this woman was a PRIZE and not a punishment?

    Posted by: Isaac | Nov 28, 2011 8:40:05 AM

  8. What this comes down to is, she's trying to keep her a** in check, and in her eyes that means essentially going out of her way to be anti-gay. She's a coward, obviously, has absolutely no backbone, and, like we're seeing here in the States, she cares more about her job than she does about having principle. She feels if she doesn't toe Labour party line, and she goes against "traditional marriage", she'll be out as PM. Also those pesky lesbian rumors are always there as well. Any connection to anything "gay" taints her image, in the eyes of herself and a large portion of her defenders.

    This is a glaring example of why we as a community need to appreciate those politicians who truly go to bat for us. Because the majority of them are as pathetic as Julia Gillard.

    Posted by: Francis | Nov 28, 2011 9:43:29 AM

  9. Very misleading headline, the video clearly states that a date will be set in the new year....

    Posted by: LCD | Nov 29, 2011 12:59:02 AM

  10. Everything about this coward is so dissapointing, even regardless of the no gay marriage stuff. she just sucks. such a shame the first female pm is such a dud

    Posted by: LaQueefa Jackson | Nov 29, 2011 1:16:37 AM

  11. Yes, the headline is quite misleading. The dinner is set to be held in the new year. Conveniently AFTER the ALP national conference.

    Unfortunately, politics in Australia are currently a basket case, since most Australians gave the two major parties the finger at the last election. We ended up with a minority government that was beholden to the Greens and to the Independents. Which wasn't an ideal situation. Recently we had a defection from Liberal to Labour, which leaves the incumbent government in a lot more stable position. Sadly, this won't effect the outcome - Marriage Equality will be up for a conscience vote, and that means it's pretty much going to fail. (The Liberal party will vote as a block to stop it (conscience, what's that? lets vote on party lines), and the right leaning Labour MPs will also vote to stop it (conscience, I can vote the way I feel is right, damn my constituents), and that's pretty much the majority right there, without taking into account the conservative independents.)

    Posted by: Zandi | Nov 29, 2011 2:36:58 AM

  12. I think her views on gay marriage are abhorrent. One thing that we should keep in mind, however, is that this government changed 86 pieces of long held legislation that have made gay relationships legally equal in every way except for marriage. We are much, much better off than we were under any previous government.

    That doesn't make her views on marriage OK, but they've certainly taken us much further than we've ever been.

    Posted by: GlendaSings | Nov 29, 2011 4:12:13 AM


    Posted by: drock | Nov 29, 2011 11:57:19 AM

  14. Gillard has made a massive political miscalculation thinking she was protecting her right flank. She could've said Yes to gay marriage, and Yes to a conscience vote and had it both ways (a conscience vote means it won't pass into law).

    @Jose S. - for the record, Gillard is pro-Isreal, not pro-Palestine

    @Zandi - the Greens and Independents that the Govt is allegedly "beholden to" are much more progressive and smart than any in the major parties.

    @Jason - if she wasn't our PM, then Tony Abbott (Catholic, arch-conservative, violent nutjob) would be. I know who I prefer, how imperfect.

    Posted by: Paul | Dec 4, 2011 7:33:04 PM

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