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04/19/2007


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.

AbbottBusinessweek reports:

“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."


NEWS: Villains, Vectors, Vladimir

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Towleroad-roadicon From Carl Panzram to Holmes: " ... the truth is,  there will always be another loner with a grudge."

Towleroad-roadicon One girl's escape from sexual slavery:

Forced to use drugs and drink alcohol, Maria says she thought her life would soon end. She was horrified when she saw a very young girl brought into the house where she and others were being kept. She asked the girl how old she was. The answer: eight years old.

Maria says she attempted to escape once. She ran away and asked some police officers on the street for help. What she didn't know was that the officers were on the payroll of the pimp and took her right back into the brothel where she got another savage beating ...

Towleroad-roadicon All-girl Russian punk band faces seven years in prison for protesting Putin in a church. 

Towleroad-roadicon Australian Prime Minister halfway explains her opposition to marriage equality during a Google hangout; promises a conscience vote: 

One of the more challenging questions came from Shane Bazzi, a 25-year-old Sydneysider who topped the poll on the OurSay.org website with more than 12,700 votes.

He asked the Prime Minister to explain her opposition to gay marriage given she is as an atheist and leader of a "self-described socially progressive party".

"I don't think that heterosexual relationships are more valued than same-sex relationships," the Prime Minister replied.

"I think people who are in loving, commited relationships, all of those relationships should be valued. I think my relationship should be valued and I'm not married."

She said her view about gay marriage was based on its cultural status and differed from Mr Bazzi's.

"These are very individual personal perspectives on the world...This should be a conscience vote in Labor. We will have a vote on changing the marriage act by the end of the year."

Towleroad-roadicon Science shocker: Anal sex is a major vector for HIV transmission.

Towleroad-roadicon "NAACP develops HIV manual for black churches."

Towleroad-roadicon Following the Boy Scouts' vote to continue discriminating against gays, Major League Soccer announces it will cease partnering with the organization.

Towleroad-roadicon Proposed rule from the US Office of Personnel Management would grant benefits to the children of employees' same-sex spouses:

... children will be eligible for coverage if a parent is in a domestic same-sex relationship with a federal employee who receives coverage through federal programs. These children would be eligible for coverage — both under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program and the Federal Employees Dental & Vision Program — regardless of whether or not they’ve been legally adopted by the federal employee.

Firewalk...  Emily Hecht-McGowan, the Family Equality Council’s public policy director, said the proposed rule is important because many LGBT families throughout the country live in states without legal protections.

“Most of the two million children raised by LGBT parents live in states where their parents cannot marry, cannot secure legal ties to their own kids and cannot get their children covered under a health insurance plan,” Hecht-McGowan said. “This rule change means that federal workers can now be assured that a high fever, broken arm or debilitating illness won’t jeopardize their child’s health or their family’s finances.”

Towleroad-roadicon Chinese dictionary writes gayness out of existence

Towleroad-roadicon Feet are burned in a botched Tony Robbins firewalk.

Towleroad-roadicon Gay wedding fatigue:

“The equality people will have a fit about this, but I’ll say it anyway: I have gay-wedding burnout,” Mr. Shields, 35, said one day this spring. “I spent my 20s going to weddings, being in weddings, shopping for weddings, helping to plan weddings. In my early 30s they finally started tapering off, and I was like, ‘Oh, thank God, we’re over the hump.’ ”

He paused for dramatic effect. “Nope. Here come the Gays.”


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