Jun 14, 2011

The Gillard government’s anti-gay marriage policy goes global

As well as not allowing same-sex couples to marry in Australia, the Gillard Government does its best to block Australians from entering same-sex marriages overseas, writes Rodney Croome.

As well as not allowing same-sex couples to marry in Australia, the Gillard government does its best to block Australians from entering same-sex marriages overseas.

It does this by refusing to issue same-sex partners with the key document they need to marry in another country.

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39 thoughts on “The Gillard government’s anti-gay marriage policy goes global

  1. John

    Julia Gillard appears to be the most homophobic prime minister in Australia’s history. The absurd aspect is that people on the other side of politics, such as those who criticised her for being “deliberately barren”, have been conducting a whispering campaign that she is a closet lesbian and that her hairdresser consort is just a handbag.

  2. 9302202e5a6abd06a6b4260ead62ee10

    well really after getting the farmers off side, the miners off side, the refugee advocates off side,the clubs offside,kevin rudd offside,she really doesnt want another enemy like the churches offside does she?

  3. Allison

    the law is an ass (or arse)

  4. John

    Hooray for Andrew Wilkie in QT this afternoon.

  5. ladystardust64

    PM Gillard is really making it difficult to raise empathetic, morally conscious teenagers.

    Grow some Julia and stop toppling towards the right wing nutbags. Enough is enough, beyond a joke, blah blah blah. This issue is not going to go away because as it currently stands it is wrong. Everything about it is wrong. Fix it and your legacy will be long and fondly remembered. What if your Tim was a Tammy and you loved her just the same. She might even have a shed too. Would you want anyone else telling you what to feel – how to be you?

    I don’t think so.

  6. Charles Richardson

    To be fair, it should be pointed out that this isn’t something the Gillard govt introduced: it’s a Howard govt policy and dates to at least 2005, as this _Age_ article documents: http://www.theage.com.au/news/national/gays-hit-in-overseas-nuptial-bid/2006/01/13/1137118970292.html . That’s no excuse for Gillard, but she shouldn’t cop all the blame.

  7. SusieQ

    I never knew this happened (CNI’s) and its appalling, but hardly suprising, especially when you have people like the right wing faction of the ALP doing its Chicken Little routine at the mere mention of gay marriage. This issue is such an easy fix for the government- much less complicated than carbon taxes and mining taxes – surely it would pass through parliament easily enough? We may not have many pleasant memories of the Rudd govt, but everyone remembers the apology to the stolen generation don’t they?
    Who cares what the Christian Lobby thinks – why should they have everything their way all the time?

  8. f531f3b28ae6b07f01ad44bf62360840

    Interesting article.

    I did have a question regarding the whole same sex marriage debate.

    If we did get same sex marriage into law, as per many other countries,
    would be willing to discriminate against groups who are calling for FULL marriage equality, as per the definition below:

    “Advocating for the right of consenting adults to enjoy love, sex, and marriage without limits on the gender, number, or relation of participants. Full marriage equality is a basic human right”
    (Source: marriage-equality.blogspot.com).

    If we are willing to discriminate against, and exclude such groups, from the institution of marriage, on what grounds would we exclude them?

    Or are we willing to go the whole way, and redefine marriage to be inclusive of ALL people who wish to marry, not just non-related couples?

    Just a question.

  9. davidk

    Labor used to be left, then centre-left, then centre right and it is still heading further over under Gillard. . Maybe it should merge with the Libs to make a three way coalition leaving the greens to fill the void.

  10. ladystardust64

    I want to know what the real Julia thinks about all this. From what I have heard in the past, I can’t reconcile this tripe with the highly intelligent, capable, civic and democratically minded Juila Gillard that used to inhabit the body of the automaton that we now call PM.

    It’s Blaze of Glory time Julia. What have you got to lose. Take your stand and go out swinging. Or not, who’s to know …

    All of this BS really pisses me off. Stand for something. Anything. Just stand up.

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