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Julia Gillard Out, Pro-Equality Kevin Rudd In as Australian Prime Minister: VIDEO


Because of all the marriage news this week I didn't have time to note that anti-equality Australian PM Julia Gillard was ousted by Kevin Rudd, in his second term as Prime Minister, offering hope for that nation's battle over same-sex marriage.

GillardThe Brisbane Times reports:

Advocates of same-sex marriage say Kevin Rudd's return as prime minister will increase pressure on Opposition Leader Tony Abbott to allow a conscience vote on the issue, regardless of who wins the election this year.

Mr Rudd's 57-45 vote victory over Julia Gillard at a caucus meeting on Wednesday makes him the first sitting Australian prime minister to support same-sex marriage.

The co-convener of the Rainbow Families Council, Felicity Marlowe, said if Labor won the election her organisation would hope for legislation allowing same-sex marriage to be introduced within the first 100 days of the next Parliament.

Rudd came out for marriage equality in a blog post last May, writing:

I have come to the conclusion that church and state can have different positions and practices on the question of same sex marriage. I believe the secular Australian state should be able to recognise same sex marriage. I also believe that this change should legally exempt religious institutions from any requirement to change their historic position and practice that marriage is exclusively between a man and a woman. For me, this change in position has come about as a result of a lot of reflection, over a long period of time, including conversations with good people grappling with deep questions of life, sexuality and faith.

Watch a Euronews report on Rudd's swearing in, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Ding Dong!

    Posted by: Petes | Jun 27, 2013 11:57:40 AM

  2. Finally.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Jun 27, 2013 12:04:25 PM

  3. Great News!
    That closted lesbian witch Gillard has finally melted. Yahoo. Yippee. Bye-Bye.

    Posted by: SFshawn | Jun 27, 2013 12:12:19 PM

  4. Congratulations Mr. Rudd. I hope his electoral success, translates into prosperity, equality and peace for all Australians.

    Posted by: Jay | Jun 27, 2013 12:32:43 PM

  5. just as we learn in dating that being good looking does not make someone interesting, let's learn just because someone is female doesn't make her fair or good. So there.

    Posted by: Cd in DC | Jun 27, 2013 12:33:26 PM

  6. SUCH WONDERFUL NEWS! When I was in Australia last year, everyone we spoke to just could not stand her. So happy there is a (hopefully) brighter future for Australia!!!

    Posted by: C.J. | Jun 27, 2013 12:42:04 PM

  7. The witch of the Southern Cross has lost her broomstick, now upside down down under.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Jun 27, 2013 1:04:25 PM

  8. finally!
    she was like chris christie in new jersey: one person holding back progress for a whole country.

    Posted by: woody | Jun 27, 2013 1:24:09 PM

  9. "just as we learn in dating that being good looking does not make someone interesting, let's learn just because someone is female doesn't make her fair or good. So there"

    And just how pathetic is it that most gay men actually have to learn and/or be taught this?

    Where on earth did this idea come from that women are our allies of feel any special affinity for us or are inherently "fair" or "good", while men are inherently "unfair" or "bad"?

    You see, this mindset is one of the key defining characteristics of the culture of effeminacy and its myriad twisted ideas......all based on the bizarre tendency of effeminate gay men to idolize women.

    Posted by: Rick | Jun 27, 2013 1:27:47 PM

  10. and yet, hating women hasn't empowered RICK to be anything more than a pathetically closeted grown-adult who isn't even man enough to make his statements from a place of visibility.

    long live the culture of effeminacy! keeping insecure losers closeted where they belong :-)

    glad this lady is done with. buh-bye.

    and happy pride my brothers and sisters! may you all get out in the sun and enjoy your time bonding with the communities!

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jun 27, 2013 1:33:42 PM

  11. Rick, apart from the fact that your mythical "culture of effeminacy" is still a giant bag of bulldroppings to begin with, you're completely wrong as well about gay men idolizing all women.

    You'll find, for instance, that only the most self-loathing gay man would ever consider voting for the likes of Michelle Bachmann -- and if you actually read the comments right here on this very thread, nobody was particularly enthusiastic about Julia Gillard either. And you'll find that gay men routinely support and admire and even idolize men who support us and defend our rights and respect our dignity.

    I mean, it's true that gay men have a tendency to gravitate toward women rather than men when it comes to listening to pop music -- but if you think that extends to always preferring a woman, no matter how heinous, over a man, no matter how capable, as a *political* representative or leader, then that just reveals that you're a bleeding idiot.

    Posted by: Craig S | Jun 27, 2013 2:08:02 PM

  12. As good as it is to have Kevin Rudd back in power, his party is facing a very tough election in a couple of months and conservative Tony Abbott is expected to win. Contrary to this article, Tony Abbott is not going to allow a conscious vote on this issue, meaning that Australia is going to be at least a few more years away from marriage equality.

    Posted by: Jollysocks | Jun 27, 2013 2:17:33 PM

  13. I just hated her from the getgo.

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Jun 27, 2013 3:03:16 PM

  14. Talking with an Australian friend yesterday (fresh of the plane so to say) he was the previous party leader, was voted out and vowed he wouldn't seek a return to power. Yet, he lead the revolt to remove her from power many years later. He said there was now distrust for him as a leader to go back on his promise to not do the same to her what she did to him. What this says in terms of SSM (with his support)...who knows, but my friend didn't seem overly enthusiastic it would pass.

    Posted by: Barca | Jun 27, 2013 8:15:25 PM

  15. I agree, Barca. The only good thing about Rudd was his sudden endorsement for equal marriage. Unfortunately, that endorsement could disappear just as quickly as it appeared.

    Posted by: Aussie54 | Jun 27, 2013 10:15:13 PM

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