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Australian Finance Minister Penny Wong to Have Child with Partner, Stoke Same-Sex Marriage Debate


Australian finance minister Penny Wong and her partner Sophie Allouache are expecting a baby, through in vitro fertilization, Wong said in a statement:

"Like any expecting parents, the prospect of welcoming this child into our lives fills us both with joy," she said. "We are extremely grateful to our IVF service and staff, and to our donor, for giving us the opportunity to raise a child together."

Prime Minister Julia Gillard welcomed the news."I'm very pleased for Penny and her partner Sophie as they look forward to a new baby and the next phase of their lives," she told reporters in Canberra.

Gillard The implications for Australia's upcoming debate on marriage equality are obvious:

Senator Wong, one of the most senior ministers in the Gillard Government, is the first openly gay minister in federal politics. She is expected to play a pivotal role in the burgeoning debate over same sex marriage due to be discussed at the ALP's supreme policy making body the National Conference late this year."

Added Gillard, who believes marriage should be between a man and a woman, to reporters: "Clearly there are strong views about same-sex marriage in the community. There are strong views in the political party I lead, and we'll have a debate at national conference about those strongly held views. I've made my views clear."

You may recall that Wong, who was once under fire from the LGBT community for opposing same-sex marriage, came out in full support of it in November 2010.

Watch a report from 10 Australia, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Lady Gaga Calls for Marriage Equality in Australia, Hits Clubs: VIDEOS


Lady Gaga, who is in Australia on tour, spoke out for marriage equality in the country in an interview with A Current Affair host Tracy Grimshaw.

Said Gaga: "What I am so against is the way that certain laws send a message that one person is more valuable than another."

Gaga was also asked about Prime Minister Julia Gillard's anti-gay position:

During their chat for A Gaga Affair, Grimshaw asked the pro-gay-marriage singer if she thought Gillard was hypocritical living with her partner in The Lodge but also banning homosexual unions.

Shocked Gaga offered a forceful response.

But the question was clearly playing on the Born this Way star's mind, and she double-checked with Grimshaw once the cameras were off if the PM was in fact gay.

Gaga, who was made an honorary citizen of Sydney, also made some unscheduled club performances, hitting Sydney's ARQ club, and Nevermind in a show hosted by drag queen Courtney Act. Police are having trouble dealing with all the people hitting the clubs hoping to see her.

Watch the interview and nightclub clips, AFTER THE JUMP...

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News: Ryan Gosling, HIV, Croatia, Mitt Romney

 road The couple who shot to instant fame for kissing on the street amidst the chaotic riots in Vancouver earlier this week have come forward.

RyanGosling  road Ryan Gosling beaming at the premiere for his movie, Drive.

 road Astronaut Buzz Aldrin files for divorce from his wife of 23 years.

 road HIV infections reportedly drop in gay and bisexual men in California. Other findings: "The rates of new, positive HIV tests in recent years were highest in men age 18 to 24, a finding that suggests younger men may be more likely to engage in risky behaviors such as unprotected sex, researchers say."

 road Ryan Murphy is getting hitched.

 road New sci-fi video game set in the 1950s to include closted gay character.

 road The music video for "I Wanna Go" by Britney Spears to debut next week.

 road Study shows that you might just lose a few IQ points if you watch Jersey Shore.

C  road 2,000 marched in the 10th Pride parade in Zagreb Croatia today. 700 police protected the participants in order to avoid the type of violence that struck a rally in Split last week.

 road Gay rights group wins auction; will now confront Australian prime minister Julia Gillard about her anti-gay views during a dinner party.

 road Watch: Amazing video of a 6.3 quake hitting a hardware store in New Zealand.

 road "Flying deer" causes blackout in Montana.

 road Canadians hold kiss-in in their country to support marriage equality in the United States.

 road Jennifer Lopez could pull an Ellen DeGeneres and make herself a one-season judge on American Idol.

 road Multi-millionaire Mitt Romney resorts to damage control after telling a group of people who are out of work that he is also unemployed.

News: Immigration, Julia Gillard, Chewing Gum, Ryan Reynolds

RoadFacebook campaign to support NY GOP Senators who support marriage equality.

RoadArgentina has first gay divorce: "Federation president Esteban Paulon says theirs is the first divorce since July 2010, when Argentina became the first Latin American nation to authorize gay marriage everywhere in the country."

Gum RoadSidewalk chewing gum art. "The police often question him, but when he explains that he is not the one who spat the gum on the sidewalk, he said, they come around. He was arrested once and was brought to a local police station for questioning, but the charges were dropped after dozens of people wrote letters of support."

Road Jennifer Hudson can't be much more transformed from her Idol days.

RoadD.C. Safeway employee calls gay couple "faggots", then records video "apology".

RoadObama asked to speak out against anti-gay violence in Puerto Rico,doesn't.

RoadGay rights advocate urges Virginia to reconsider adoption rules: "Cameron Hunt, a board member with the gay rights group Equality Virginia, pressed that point Wednesday during remarks to the State Board of Social Services, and asked the panel to revisit a decision to remove discrimination protections from pending regulations."

RoadHugh Jackman beefs up his guns.

RoadAshton Kutcher plays beach volleyball in Brazil.

Greencard RoadGay couple goes for Green Card interview in San Francisco.

RoadChilean-born artist Claudio Bravo dies at 74, NYT obit doesn't mention he was gay.

RoadMinnesota Twins plan "It Gets Better" video: "According to Chris Iles, Corporate Communications Manager for the Twins, the team's 'looking into' making their own 'It Gets Better' video. 'We're in the process of finding appropriate players, lining up production needs, etc.,' he told me in an email."

RoadAnd Washington Nationals?

Road The Heartland Proclamation.

RoadGay rights activist takes action against Hong Kong police for infringing on peaceful protest on International Day Against Homophobia: "The demonstration, attended by a legislator Ms Cyd Ho and the Chairperson of the Equal opportunities Commission Mr Lam Poon Kwong, was halted and attendees were videoed by uniformed officers positioned in the middle of the peaceful crowd, in what has been described as a serious attack on LGBT rights and the right to demonstrate in Hong Kong."

RoadWingnuts to "crash" Netroots Nation.

RoadLISTEN: Samuel L. Jackson would like the kids to "go the f**k to sleep".

Reynolds RoadRyan Reynolds' beefcake honored with 'Fame' comic.

RoadTwin Cities: Eight important local LGBT leaders.

RoadGay couples "ambush" Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, with auction bids, win seats with her at dinner: "The left-leaning activist group GetUp! dug deep last night and bid $31,100 for a dinner for six with Ms Gillard at The Lodge or Kirribilli House. But within seconds, Ms Gillard learnt that her guests would be same-sex couples trying to persuade her to reverse her opposition to gay marriage."

RoadWho wants to come swim in my living room pool?

RoadA preview of the 35th annual Frameline International LGBT Festival.

RoadBritish cop beaten in Slovenia for being gay.

RoadAnti-gay vandalism reported in Ferndale, Michigan: “One of the victims lives there and had red paint splashed on his house and car,” said Ferndale Police Sgt. Patrick Jones. “Someone spray painted ‘fag’ in yellow paint on his car also. The words ‘white fag’ were scratched on the driver’s side door of the other victim’s car.”

Watch: Australia's Best-Known PFLAG Mom Has a Message for Prime Minister Julia Gillard


Shelley Argent, who I've featured here before, launches a new campaign in Oz to further equality.


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Australia's New Prime Minister Confirms She's Against Gay Marriage


Nothing looks set to change with regard to marriage rights for Australian gays and lesbians, at least as it pertains to their new Prime Minster Julia Gillard:

"Days after declaring she did not believe in God, Prime Minister Julia Gillard has distanced herself from the issue of gay marriage, saying she had no plans to legalise it. Ms Gillard told Austereo radio yesterday that it was not the policy of the Labor Party to legalise gay marriage and that was also her own view. 'We believe the Marriage Act is appropriate in its current form, that it's recognising that marriage is between a man and a woman, but we have as a government taken steps to equalise treatment for gay couples in things that government does like social security benefits and the like,' she said."



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