Kevin Rudd’s message: it’s time for marriage equality

Gay Marriage

From the Prime Minister this evening:

If I am re-elected Prime Minister, I will support marriage equality legislation in the first 100 days of Parliament.

At this evening’s debate, I made that commitment to the Australian people.

If you think it’s time for marriage equality, I’d like you to stand with me and show the country that we think it’s time:

I’ve been thinking about the meaning of marriage for a long time – and I won’t hide the fact that this has been a journey for me. It is a difficult discussion, and I won’t force this on anyone. It will be a free vote for members of the Labor Party.

But here is what I know: we are at our best when we give all Australians the same dignity, the same opportunity for happiness.

I believe that no matter who we love, we all should be able to make that same promise I was able to make to Therese over 30 years ago. That all of us should be allowed to marry the one we love.

I am the first Prime Minister of this country going into an election promising to support marriage equality. So if you support equal marriage, I will need your support.

This is an issue that is very personal to people. What moves us to take a stand on this issue can move others too. If you think it’s time for marriage equality, share your story telling the country why.

40 comments on “Kevin Rudd’s message: it’s time for marriage equality

  1. Yes, Rudd is correct. Time for this one to be put to bed.

    Abbott give not give the impression, in spite if what he said previous, that there is any hope under him. Once he mentioned that there had been a decisive vote against it, one got the impression that was it.

    If people want same gender marriage and the NBNCo, they have no choice bit to voter for Rudd.

    Same goes for those that want the best education for their kids. Suspect if the want the full NDIS as well.

    Families have much to lose under Abbott. Is it worth the risk.

  2. No disagreement but sick to the key issues as defined by special interest
    groups, just another Rudd smoke screen. And the urgency within the
    first 100 days. Kevin you will be on R & R .

  3. Urgency in the first 100 days way better than Abbott’s promise of everything being the highest priority to be done at the first thing, but when you read his plan they are fobbed off to committees and enquiries, you know those things Abbott attacked when Labor proposed just a couple.

    O’Farrell and Newman are also fond of committees to be convened way down the track they heavily criticised Labor for.

    Must be a Liberal thing, criticise the opponents for the things you copy from them.

  4. I believe that gays have the right to live together, be together, then give them the rights to make that finally commitment to each other, It truly hurts no-one that they should me allowed to marry. Except for some old die hard church members. I am a straight, ex Catholic female but I give my full support to the gay community.

  5. Support the PM on this. Thanks Michael for reporting, this will do Labor no harm at all and as for it being a smoke screen, I wonder why some people bother waking up in the morning

  6. Abbott cannot possibly support even a conscience vote and this is purely for religious reasons. Marriage equality will never happen under any Abbott-led government, his *conscience* would not allow it. 👿

  7. We already have marriage equality. Always equal between my Mum and My Dad. Very equal between my wife and I, my neighbours, friends and school associates. In fact the basis of society in Australia, “The Family Unit” is surviving rather well. Now let’s just put this minority bullshit to bed!

  8. Summo you belong in a dark cave with Abbott where only the bats and vermin exist. if you consider your and your wifes the only legit form of marriage, my advice is go fuk yurself you ignorant wanker
    Seeing posts like this means I will no longer entertain such idiocy on my time. Either that fool goes Michael or I will no longer follow your blog. Enough is enough

  9. Australia does not have explicit freedom of speech in any constitutional or statutory declaration of rights, with the exception of political speech which is protected from criminal prosecution at common law…

    It’s a common error made by common folk 😉

    This would be even more so on a blog – the blog owner has absolute discretion to ban whomever he desires for whatever reason he so desires. Whinge & bitch all you like – them’s the facts…

    Why he continues to allow certain lowlife fauna to inhabit this place has me beat 👿

  10. Oh that’s rich Summo coming from you, the one who knows the least of all here and constantly proves it in post after post.

    Projection again.

  11. Family unit surviving very well. Nearly a majority without the benefit of marriage. Some family units, survive many marriages, some never bother. Many good family units with same gender parents as well.

    Some of the saddest couples I know, are those who never had the guts to get out. Stay and make there lives miserable.

    Yes, those are the kids that really suffer.

    Why does one used the words,family unit, as it they are all the same. Not true.

    Summo, from what you write here. I have seen any evidence that you know anything, unless it is mouthing the words of others, and throwing insults.

    As for Micheal, I know for a fact, he has better things to do this weekend, than worry about the likes of Summo and scaper. Just not worth the bother. They will move on, as all their type before them have. Here today, gone tomorrow.

    I am a bad person, to tell to shut up. Freedom of speech, does not mean, that you have to ply your filth on this site

    If you want to express your freedom of speech, as you say, start your own blog. That is if you are capable of doing so. I suspect not.

  12. It’s always the minorities who shout loudest when you acknowledge them. Fair dinkum, it is as if nothing else exists in their world other being recognised for being gay. Get over your selves. The majority don’t care less. OK?

    yajustgottaluagh 😉

  13. Sorry Summo, you are wrong yet again.

    The majority do care and for a long time now polls have consistently shown the majority are in favour of gay marriage and have no problems with gays.

    For a mob that goes on about polls so much how come so many on the right have a great problem with acknowledging those polls and actively go against them?

  14. Wrong again ME. The majority don’t give a rats. Only you politics addicts give a rats. The rest, they just get on with life and ignore the gay activism. Polls on gay marriage would be like asking Victorians to pick between the Broncos and Titans. They don’t give a rats. Get it ME? Ask the people of Nambour, Gympie, Wagga Wagga, Dubbo, Mt Isa, Shepparton, Geraldton, Pt Hedland, Darwin, Mungindi, Wallumbilla, Chinchilla, Gladstone, Yamba, Broken Hill, you centro focused spiv.

  15. Wrong again Summo.

    The polls for a long long time have asked people all over Australia about their approval for or disapproval of gay marriage, you know those polls you love rubbing in when they favour the Libs, and consistently for a very long time, far more consistently over a period of that length than any other subject, have shown over 50% and more often more than not 60% plus approve.

    Get it Summo, because it appears you certainly haven’t got it as you close your mind like you have demonstrated in other posts.

  16. 😆 @ “centro focused spiv.” You really do have NFI do you Summo?

    Don’t gay people don’t live in “Nambour, Gympie, Wagga Wagga, Dubbo, Mt Isa, Shepparton, Geraldton, Pt Hedland, Darwin, Mungindi, Wallumbilla, Chinchilla, Gladstone, Yamba, or Broken Hill?”

    I’m sure Carl Katter (raised in NW Qld) might beg to differ. As might my gay nephew’s family who live in Gympie. 🙄

  17. You gotta watch this minority group against gay marriages Bacchus, next thing you know they will be getting all uppity and demand polling on it and mentioning of it be banned because the majority want it.

  18. Come in spinners. I wonder, what next to raise the shackles? hmmmM! This’ll do it. Global warming aka Climate change aka The Greatest Moral something or other of our time is all bullshit….get copying and pasting boys…gawwwwn….get to it! BTW I love Gympie. It’s home. Huge gun lobby town. Got a problem with guns?

  19. Got a problem with guns?

    Only when they’re in the hands of the mentally unstable – yes, I DO mean you Summo 😆

  20. And Summo in avoiding answering a question throws in strawmen, how simple minded and true to type.

    Seems it doesn’t take much to amuse him either, just tripping over his own inability to respond apparently.

  21. I am glad that Summo reminds those who pass through, that climate change and some gender marriage are still important issues in this election.

    Neither have gone away, just lost in all ther noise from News Limited and their ilk.

    Thanks Summo.

  22. Mr. Windsor has just said, he has never seen a PM, male or female, treated as bad as Ms. Gillard was. ABC 1 Australian Story.

  23. Actually, if you care about this country at all, then you should care about our wonderful RIGHTS! Meaning that we should not live in fear of discrimination, racism, sexism, religious stance, political stance etc. Rights for Gay marriages isn’t just about the Gay community wanting to be recognised. They already ARE recognised. Its about equality in our law system. How can we in one breath say “We do not discriminate” but in the next say “Sorry, you can’t get married unless you are a man and a woman?” That is discrimination in its purist form. If we truely are a country free of discrimination, then its about time WE become that. No ifs, no buts, no exclusions.

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