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.

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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  2. Damo says

    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?!

  3. Jay says

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

  4. Jay says

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

  5. Francis #1 says

    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.

  6. Tristram says

    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.