PHOTO: AUSTRALIAN MARRIAGE EQUALITY
It’s official – Kevin Rudd has come to his senses, officially changing his stance on marriage equality. In a blog post on his site last night, the former prime minister wrote: “I have come to the conclusion that church and state can have different positions and practices on the question of same sex marriage. I believe the secular Australian state should be able to recognise same sex marriage.”
The reversal follows his vote against a marriage equality bill last year – he was one of 98 MPs who voted against the bill. The change, he says, is a result of “a lot of reflection” and “conversations with good people grappling with deep questions of life, sexuality and faith.”
It’s a move that will most likely make the controversial politician more popular with the people, but get him into strife with his party as he upstages Prime Minister Julia Gillard once again.
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A warning has been issued as a bushfire continues to threaten lives and homes in Nannup – east of Margaret River – in Western Australia.
Jeffrey Gilham has won an appeal to overturn the conviction of murdering his parents in 1993. He was freed on bail on Friday following the collapse of the prosecutor’s case.
The ALP launched their National Conference in Sydney on Friday to discuss policy, including a conscience vote on gay marriage and exporting uranium to India. A large rally in support of marriage equality has been planned, with the issue being boosted by a video by lobby group GetUp!, which has gone viral.
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