Tuesday, 21 February 2012 19:10

Australian Prime Minister Dined With Gay And Lesbian Couples

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Imagine what was my surprise when I read that the Australian Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, had a dinner with some gay and lesbian couples.

During the Press Gallery of Australia annual charity ball, one of the prizes was a dinner with the Prime Minister. Get Up!, group of activists, won against a Christian lobby group. The group thus invited some gay and lesbian couples to have a dinner with Gillard.

According to The Associated Press, twelve-year-old Matthew Miller presented Gillard with flowers and two letters explaining why he and his brother Dylan, 9, would like their biological mother Sandy Miller to marry their other mother, Louise Bucke.

"Since they’re not allowed to get married, they’re basically being called not normal and we’re not known as a proper family," Matthew told The Associated Press at Parliament House before the dinner.

The other guests were Sharon Dane, 54, who married Elaine Crump, 53, in Canada in a ceremony that is not recognized in Australia, Steve Russell, 51, and John Dini, 29, both decided to not marry overseas because it would carry no weight in Australia, they don’t regard civil union as equal to marriage.

Currently, 3 bills were submitted to the Parliament but it is very difficult to know if they will have enought votes to pass while knowing that the Prime minister is opposed to gay marriage. One thus waits to see how that will evolve. There is no date for the votes.