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Former Australian PM Julia Gillard: Gay Marriage is Coming to 'Most Parts of the Developed World'

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Former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, who opposed same-sex marriage during her tenure, tells Channel 9 News this week in an interview ahead of the publication of a new memoir that she has accepted it will be a reality, ABC News reports:

She told Channel Nine she now accepted things would change.

"I've got what may be in the modern age a kind of old-fashioned, feminist view about, can we take the traditional institution of marriage and stretch it? Or do you create some other way of solemnising relationships and recognising them as of worth and status?" she said.

"When I was a young feminist I would've said overwhelmingly the gay community was on that track too, but things have changed.

"I accept the course of human history now is that we are going to see same-sex marriage here and in, you know, most parts of the developed world."

Though she was pressured heavily while in office and may even have a "valuable lifetime commitment" to a gay man, Gillard was steadfast in her opposition to marriage equality.

Australia's current Prime Minister Tony Abbott also opposes gay marriage.


Young Boy Asks Former Australian PM: 'How Come You Didn't Let Gay People Get Married?' — VIDEO

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Last night, at a forum at the Sydney Opera House, a young boy got a huge round of applause and cheers when he asked former Prime Minister Julia Gillard:

"How come you didn't let gay people get married?"

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

Gillard laughed, saying, "It’s a politician in the making there I think."

She then said:

"I do understand that the position I took on gay marriage perplexed many people, given who I am and so many of my beliefs. I’ve actually had lots of conversations with many of my old friends about this – some of them have got a different view than me...But I’m a lot older than you, and when I went to university and started forming my political views of the world, we weren’t talking about gay marriage. As feminists, we were critiquing marriage....I’m conscious that these views are dated and that the way people interpret marriage now is different...I think marriage in our society could play its traditional role, and we could come up with other institutions which value partnerships, value love, value lifetime commitment...I have a valuable lifetime commitment and haven’t felt the need at any point to make that into a marriage.”

Gillard then added that there needs to be a conscience vote on the issue.

(h/t samesame)

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Radio Host Forces Australian PM Julia Gillard to Say Whether Her Partner is Gay: VIDEO

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Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard was corned by Perth radio host Howard Sattler on his show on Thursday, asking why she wasn't married, the Busselton-Dunsborough Mail reports:

Gillard_matthieson"Personal choice and I think the fact that I'm not married shows obviously I think that you can have a relationship that is committed and full of love and full of significance in your life without being married," Ms Gillard said after earlier restating her opposition to same sex marriage.

"OK but have you been proposed to at all? Come on Tim, pull the ring out son," Mr Sattler followed.

Ms Gillard said she would probably tell her defacto partner "I'm fine," if he did propose, but rejected Mr Sattler's comments "people said" she was "against marriage".

"It's very common for people to live together without being married," she said.

Sattler then went further, asking Gillard if her partner Tim Mathieson is gay, and said people say, "he must be gay, he's a hairdresser."

Replied Gillard:

"Well that's absurd...To all the hairdressers out there including the men who are listening I don't think in life one can actually look at a whole profession full of different human beings and say gee we know something about every one of those human beings I mean it's absurd isn't it."

The interview continued, with Sattler asking her to confirm that he's not:

"Oh Howard don't be ridiculous, of course not."

"But you're in a heterosexual relationship? That's all I'm asking."

"Howard let me just bring you back to earth, you and I have just talked about me and Tim living at the lodge, we live there together as a couple, you know that.

"Yes on the internet there are lots of what I've referred to in the past as nut jobs, people who peddle and circulate vile and offensive things," she said.

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UPDATE: Sattler has been suspended for asking the questions.

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Australian PM Julia Gillard Admits the World is Ending: VIDEO

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And no, it's not because marriage equality may eventually come to Australia. It's because the Mayan calendar was right.

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Australian PM Julia Gillard Rips Opposition Leader for Sexism and Misogyny in Fiery Floor Speech: VIDEO

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Here's your first political must-watch moment of the day.

Quite a scene in the Australian parliament today after opposition leader Tony Abbott made a motion to remove House Speaker Peter Slipper for allegedly sending text messages that contained crude comments about women.

Slipper later resigned on his own, but not before Prime Minister Julla Gillard's Labor Government voted to block Abbott's motion and Gillard rose to verbally rip Abbott's head off.

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“I will not be lectured about sexism and misogyny by this man,” Gillard told parliament, pointing at Abbott. “The leader of the opposition says that people who hold sexist views and who are misogynist are not appropriate for high office. Well I hope the leader of the opposition has got a piece of paper and he is writing out his resignation.”

Abbott, whose Liberal-National coalition is leading in polls before elections due next year, has faced claims from Labor ministers that he has a problem dealing with powerful women. He began a media blitz defending his credibility last week with the help of his wife Margie.

Gillard has been confronted by protesters bearing placards reading “Ditch the Witch” since becoming prime minister in June 2010, and has previously attacked sexism in Australian politics. Today, she accused Abbott of “repulsive double standards when it comes to misogyny” and said she’d been offended by “cat-calling” to her in the House of Representatives.

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Australian PM Julia Gillard Pulls Out of Event Over Christian Leader's Anti-Gay Remarks About Smoking

Yesterday I posted remarks made by Australian Christian Lobby managing director Jim Wallace, who said during a debate in Tasmania that smoking is healthier than being gay.

WallaceSaid Wallace:

"I think we're going to owe smokers a big apology when the homosexual community's own statistics for its health - which it presents when it wants more money for health - are that is has higher rates of drug-taking, of suicide, it has the life of a male reduced by up to 20 years. The life of smokers is reduced by something like seven to 10 years and yet we tell all our kids at school they shouldn't smoke."

The remarks have cause Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard to pull out of an ACL event.

GillardSaid Gillard:

''To compare the health effects of smoking cigarettes with the many struggles gay and lesbian Australians endure in contemporary society is heartless and wrong. Although everyone is entitled to their own view, these statements reiterated again today on behalf of ACL are totally unacceptable. 'In light of this, I believe my attendance at the conference would be inappropriate. There are a range of deeply held views in the community on the issue of same-sex marriage but it is the responsibility of all parties in this debate to be respectful and responsible in any public comments they make.''

Wallace responded to Gillard's move by claiming anti-gay activists/Christians are the real victims:

"This is a victory for the relentless campaign of demonisation against anyone who would challenge the gay activists' agenda in the public square."


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