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Australian Prime Minister's Gay Sister Is Engaged


Christine Forster, the gay sister of newly elected Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, an opponent of same-sex marriage, has announced she is engaged to her partner, Virginia Edwards, according to New Idea:

"We got engaged when we were away with friends on a trip to Broken Hill [located in the New South Wales outback]," Christine, 49, tells during a warm and revealing chat at the couple’s inner Sydney home.

With wedding plans afoot, the couple have all but settled on a venue and guest list.

"And instead of bridesmaids, we’re going to have drag queens," laughs Virginia, 56. Christine adds: "It will be close friends and family. Tony and Margie will definitely be there."

Abbott recently got into something a skirmish with singer Katy Perry over his views on same-sex marriage while on a live radio show.

Forster's announcement also comes shortly after the Australian Captial (ACT) Territory moved to legalize gay marriage. Abbott, who has previously belittled gay marriage, referring to it as "the fashion of the moment," has already taken action against the proposed legislation in the ACT, with his Conservative coalition announcing earlier this month that it would file a legal challenge to the measure.

(Photo via New Idea)

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    Posted by: Ben Shaw | Oct 20, 2013 9:47:48 PM

  2. Best of luck to Christine and her partner Virginia! Shame on Tony Abbott though, how can he deny his own sister the chance to get married?!

    Posted by: Damo | Oct 20, 2013 9:56:02 PM

  3. soon your brother will send you to jail! Australia has turned into christonazi land!

    Posted by: litper | Oct 21, 2013 12:16:30 AM

  4. Congratulations to all the newlyweds. And Congratulations to the Garden State for paving the way to a more perfect union.

    Posted by: Jay | Oct 21, 2013 12:20:28 AM

  5. Argh wrong article lol. Can Towleroad implement better comments? try something like Disqus, google it.

    Posted by: Jay | Oct 21, 2013 12:22:26 AM

  6. This is a fake engagement, a media stunt. Gay marriage does not exist in Australia.

    Posted by: Brian | Oct 21, 2013 12:41:36 AM

  7. Mr. Troll above, having a ceremony doesn't necessarily mean the ceremony/wedding is actually legally recognized with a marriage licence. It's a personal move for Christine and her partner to marry and share the love they have for one another with their close friends and family and put their own certification on their relationship. That's what matters most, anyway, the love a couple shares.

    Posted by: Francis #1 | Oct 21, 2013 12:59:35 AM

  8. Sounds like a wonderful ceremony!

    Posted by: JMC | Oct 21, 2013 6:06:52 AM

  9. If I were her - Id kick my brother right in the ballz....tellm to choke on it!

    Posted by: disgusted american | Oct 21, 2013 8:01:57 AM

  10. Tony Abbott - Australia's great embarrassment . Well done on getting elected on promises of economic prosperity and social progression when in fact it looks like you're going to spend most of your (only) term focussed on denying an already oppressed segment of the community their basic human rights. Brava. Brava.

    Posted by: Tristram | Oct 21, 2013 11:43:53 PM

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