John M. Becker

Australian PM Promises Equal Marriage Bill if Re-Elected

Filed By John M. Becker | August 11, 2013 3:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Quote of the Day
Tags: Australia, gay marriage, Julia Gillard, Kevin Rudd, marriage equality, same-sex marriage

"One, I support marriage equality and the reason I do has been well canvassed in the national debate and why I changed my position.

"Number two, I believe this is just a mark of decency to same-sex couples across the country who wish the same loving, caring relationship that, for example, I've had with Therese, my wife now, for the last 32 years, and for that to be formalized.

"Number three is, my commitment is within the first 100 days of a re-elected government a bill would come forth... to legalize marriage equality; we would, of course on our side of politics, allow a full conscience vote, and I would just appeal to Mr. Abbott to do the same, because folk out there want this to happen."

-- Australian Labor Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, in a televised election debate with rival and opposition leader Tony Abbott. Rudd, who unseated anti-gay former prime minister Julia Gillard in June, faces voters next month.

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