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Australian MP Books Room In Parliament To Host Anti-Gay Marriage Conference


Australian Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews has booked out the main room of the country’s parliament house so that the anti-gay Australian Families Association (AFA), an organization closely linked to the World Congress of Families (WCF), can hold a conference on “strengthening the family” that “[commemorates] the tenth anniversary of the redefining of marriage as ‘between a man and a woman’ in the 2004 amendment of the Marriage Act,” according to The Guardian:

In past years the organisation has held public events at parliament house. This year’s affair is a private event with all MPs invited to attend. The committee room must be booked by a sitting member. Andrews booked the room for the organisation, but is not attending, a spokeswoman told Guardian Australia.

The AFA conference on Wednesday will hear from a number of speakers on “relationship literacy for youth, strengthening marriages, family-based taxation and the economics of the family”.

The organisation will call for the government to “renew a culture of strong and lasting marriages by educating young people about the benefits of marriage and getting government taxation and support structures right,” the AFA’s national president Terri Kelleher said in a statement 

The affiliated WCF has been struggling to find a venue for its annual conference in Australia having been turned down by four venues in Melbourne

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  1. asses, i hope the roof caves in on them

    Posted by: timma | Aug 27, 2014 7:29:27 PM

  2. Well there you go. No one else will allow the bigoted to book a room, go ahead and let the Australian taxpayer, whose monies built the Parliament House, foot the bill.

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Aug 27, 2014 8:03:58 PM

  3. Typical that the more liberal commenters on this sure have no respect for the opposition. And people wonder why the LGBT movement has historically so helpless.

    Posted by: Troye | Aug 27, 2014 8:06:06 PM

  4. Typical that the more liberal commenters on this sure have no respect for the opposition. And people wonder why the LGBT movement has historically so helpless.

    Posted by: Rick | Aug 27, 2014 8:06:25 PM

  5. Troll, your petticoat is showing.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Aug 27, 2014 8:11:18 PM

  6. Ha! A troll is busted.

    Posted by: Wisebear | Aug 27, 2014 8:49:01 PM

  7. Australia is homophobic. Both the conservative and labor parties are anti-gay. Gay people in Australia are really bad activists. They have poor organizational skills.

    Posted by: petey | Aug 27, 2014 8:59:11 PM

  8. Yes, his petticoat but not his intellect. What does his last sentence even mean? Jesus, if there's one thing I do "hate", it's stupid.

    Posted by: Johnnybegood | Aug 27, 2014 9:14:10 PM

  9. Australia's gays are losers. They are not good activists.

    Posted by: petey | Aug 27, 2014 9:19:26 PM

  10. They should concern themselves with strengthening their own failing families and let us concern ouselves with our own families -yes, our's are families, too.

    Posted by: ToThePoint | Aug 27, 2014 9:47:11 PM

  11. Can you guys tell it's me Rick when I post hateful things under this name rather than my own? can? Shoot. Well, I guess I'll keep at it.

    I know a thing or two about bad activists. Because I'm a closet case with no pride. I'm the worst kind of activist - a big sissy coward.

    Posted by: Petey | Aug 27, 2014 9:55:57 PM

  12. Oz'Mophobia.

    Posted by: throwslikeagirl | Aug 27, 2014 10:04:19 PM

  13. Actually, Australia is pretty good for gay people. All the laws have been amended for equality except for marriage. You are protected in housing, on the job, in hospitals etc. We have full access to the family courts and are treated the same as defacto or common-law heterosexuals. A large majority of the population supports same sex marriage, it is just the politicians who are behind really. Our U.S. brothers would be lucky to be where we sit for the most part.

    Posted by: Bob | Aug 27, 2014 10:05:06 PM

  14. That said, I think its disgusting that my taxes will support this idiot mob by providing a locatio for their meeting. This is an issue the current government is wayout of touch on, one of many really

    Posted by: Bob | Aug 27, 2014 10:06:46 PM

  15. Australians voted into power a Right Wing Catholic as Prime Minister. Nuff said.

    Posted by: petey | Aug 28, 2014 3:05:54 AM

  16. Petey,
    Australians do not vote for the Prime Minister. The political party itself is what is voted on. The party in power votes on who will be the Prime Minister. This is how Kevin Rudd took the position of PM from Julia Gillard (after she ousted him previously). Shortly after this, the Labor Party lost the federal election. The members of the winning party are the ones who appointed Abbot as PM.

    Posted by: Jeremy | Aug 28, 2014 3:30:21 AM

  17. Mike Ryan hits it right on the head. Australian taxpayers, including gays, built the Parliament house. Now they have to foot the bill to host this nut-case, christian. anti-gay group of a#sholes, which no one else in Australia agreed to host. Isn't government, the State, wonderful?

    Posted by: David Jarretrt | Aug 28, 2014 10:21:36 AM

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