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Australian PM Kevin Rudd Promises Marriage Equality in 100 Days if Elected: VIDEO


Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd promised to legalize same-sex marriage within the first 100 days in office if he beat Conservative opposition leader Tony Abbott in the September 7 election.

The Guardian reports:

Rudd said he supported legalising same-sex marriage "as a mark of decency to same-sex couples across the country who wish the same loving, caring relationship that, for example, I have had with Therese my wife now for the last 32 years, and for that to be formalised".

He promised Labor MPs would again have a conscience vote on the issue and he "appealed to Abbott to do the same because folk out there want this to happen".

Tony Abbott said he understood same-sex marriage was "a very important issue", acknowledging his gay sister, Christine Forster, who was in the National Press Club debate audience with her partner.

But he said the matter had been recently debated by the parliament and would not be a high priority for an incoming Coalition government. He said it would be up to the Coalition party room to decide whether Coalition MPs should get a conscience vote, if it ever came up in the future.

Watch the two candidates debate the issue, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. well if that is true then i am definitely changing my vote

    Posted by: timmad | Aug 11, 2013 10:23:58 AM

  2. How incredible and wonderful it would be if Australia legalised same-sex marriage!

    Posted by: jamal49 | Aug 11, 2013 12:34:55 PM

  3. Ten bucks he backflips on this stance if re-elected. Also, the labor party's stance on refugees is truly discusting! For all those talking about equality, trying showing some love for the LGBTI people fleeing wars we started!

    Posted by: Josh | Aug 11, 2013 9:37:33 PM

  4. The title of your post and your lead paragraph are inaccurate. He did not promise to legalize marriage for all within 100 days. He promised that legislation to do so will be introduced within 100 days but also said that Labor members will be allowed a conscience vote which, along with the fact that the other side has not been allowed a conscience vote, has been what has kept us from prevailing this far.

    Posted by: Patric | Aug 11, 2013 11:36:02 PM

  5. Wait, isn't he PM NOW? As in, if he had wanted to introduce that legislation, couldn't he have done it already? Plus, conscience vote= hahaha.

    Posted by: Jols | Aug 12, 2013 2:37:27 AM

  6. What a bland individual. I understand he was a consultant for KPMG; I can see that. He screams 'accountant'.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Aug 12, 2013 10:33:50 AM

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