Gay Unions in Australia? Never, says Prime Minister
According to an article posted on 365gay.com, Australian Prime Minister John Howard says he would opposed to gay marriage and civil unions. He says it's not because of discrimination towards gays and lesbians, but I think he really should examine WHY he is opposed to it in the first place. Here is the article
Australian Prime Minister John Howard says he would never permit the passage of same-sex marriage or civil unions legislation.
Howard was asked by reporters about gay unions after same-sex couples began exchanging vows in Britain.
"I would be opposed to it," said the P.M. "I think marriage is for men and women. That's why we amended the Marriage Act."
Howard's Liberal government passed legislation last year defining marriage as between a man and a woman. (story)
The Prime Minister told reporters that his opposition to same-sex unions is not discrimination against gays and lesbians.
"But I believe very strongly that marriage is exclusively a union for life of a man and a woman to the exclusion of others."
Asked about civil unions, Howard declared that he also "would be opposed to the recognition of civil unions."
A gay civil rights group fighting for same-sex marriage said Howard's comments "embarrassed Australia in the eyes of the international community."
"Australia is fast becoming the odd one out," said Peter Furness, the national spokesperson for Australian Marriage Equality. "John Howard's remarks just highlight that fact and this damages our image overseas."
Furness said that the issue of recognizing same-sex unions could pose problems at next year's Commonwealth Games, when "athletes and visitors from a number of other countries in same sex marriages will be abruptly refused recognition of their legal status the moment they set foot in Australia".
Last August on the first anniversary of the gay marriage ban more than a thousand gays and lesbians demonstrated in cities across Australia.