Gillard on gay marriage: You don't need to marry
Tue, 12 Jun 2012 11:20a.m.
Julia Gillard has drawn on experience from her own relationship to defend her opposition to same-sex marriage in Australia.
The Prime Minister isn't married to her long-term partner Tim Mathieson, but says that doesn't mean they aren't committed to each other.
"I think you can have a loving relationship of love and commitment and trust and understanding that doesn't need a marriage certificate," she said on ABC TV last night. "That's my life experience - so I'm speaking from that life experience."
Gillard's comments have been viewed as hurtful by many same-sex couples, according to Australian Marriage Equality national convener Alex Greenwich.
"The Prime Minister is able to choose not to marry, however this choice is denied to many same-sex couples who desperately want to celebrate the traditions of marriage and have the legal protection, security and recognition that comes with marriage," he said.
"The Prime Minister may not want to marry herself, but most Australians value the importance of marriage greatly and as such want their gay and lesbian friends to have equal access and be treated as equal citizens by the marriage act."
While Gillard is opposed to same sex marriage, she says she's happy for Labor colleagues to vote in support of it.
She has allowed her party a conscience vote on the issue.
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12/06/2012 6:32:02 p.m.
The definition of marriage is the union of a MAN and a WOMAN.I'm not saying gays and lesbians don't deserve equal rights, they are human beings too. But instead of incorporating marriage why don't they just stick to civil unions or have another definition and give those who are "joined" that way the same economic and social rights as a married couple? That way everyone can be appeased regarding the issue.
12/06/2012 12:21:13 p.m.
what an incredibly stupid thing to say. Just because *she* doesn't care about it and CHOOSES not to marry doesn't mean it's not important to *others* who are denied that choice by people like her.
12/06/2012 11:45:36 a.m.
I agree with her. As far as Im concerned marrage is for the purpose of breeding and raising a family as breeding among same sex couples in the human species is impossable then marrage is unnessary and as all other rights attained through marrage are still available to them without marrage it is an unnessasary fantasy for those trying to make the impossable happen.
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