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The Pettiness of Australia on Marriage Equality (Video)

The Pettiness of Australia on Marriage Equality (Video)

The Australian government is blocking the marriage of the lesbian sister of the former Premier of the state of Tasmania, David Bartlett.

Mr Bartlett’s sister, Angela Borella, was set to marry her Portuguese partner in Lisbon next year, but her plans have been thrown into disarray because the Australian Government refuses to provide her with the certificate required by the Portuguese authorities to show she is not already married in Australia.

As a matter of course, the Australian Government issues Certificates of No-Impediment to Marriage (CNI) to heterosexual Australians marrying overseas, but has refused such certificates to same-sex partners since at least 2005.

Australian Marriage Equality Campaign Director, Rodney Croome, said Ms Borella is one of many gay and lesbian Australians who have been disadvantaged because of the Federal Government’s mean-spirited policy.

“Not content with stopping same-sex couples marrying in Australia, the Federal Government is trying to stop us marrying overseas as well”, he said.

“The Australian Government says it can’t issue the certificate in question to same-sex couples because same-sex marriages aren’t recognised here, but these certificates aren’t about what Australian marriage law says, they’re about whether an Australian is free to marry under foreign marriage laws.”

The ruling Australian Labor Party will discuss marriage equality at its National Conference next week. Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard is opposed and despite most state Labor Party conferences having passed motions supporting marriage equality and polls showing a majority of Australians in support, observers do not not believe it is certain that the national conference will vote in favor.

Gillard announced last week that she would allow a free vote by her party’s MPs on the issue in parliament, which would likely doom any motion as there are a number of right wing Labor MPs known to be in opposition.

Bartlett told the Age newspaper that his sister’s predicament is “upsetting” and called on the Government to support marriage equality.

“It is now time for the Labor Party to show progress and real leadership on this issue. My sister has found true love and for her not to be able to express that true love in another country that agrees with same-sex marriage because of the Australian context is very upsetting for everyone,” he said.

It also emerged last week that six months after the campaign group Get-Up paid  A$31,000 at a charity auction for dinner with Gillard and gave the tickets to three gay couples, the dinner has yet to be scheduled.

Get-Up have put out a fantastic new video supporting the push for marriage equality which some media have described as “amazing” and as leaving them “misty eyed.”

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9:03AM PST on Dec 23, 2011

I cried... it is just so horrible to know that there is a segment of our population that has different rights than I do, although they are good and wonderful people. One day, in the not-so-distant future, we will all be able to celebrate together.

9:02AM PST on Dec 23, 2011

I cried... it is just so horrible to know that there is a segment of our population that has different rights than I do, although they are good and wonderful people. One day, in the not-so-distant future, we will all be able to celebrate together.

6:37PM PST on Dec 4, 2011


6:36PM PST on Dec 4, 2011

Tasmania, a state where it was illegal for so many years to be gay and now where it is legal to marry... if one state can make such a change, I sincerely hope that the rest of Australia can soon makes this inequality a thing of the past.

10:00AM PST on Dec 4, 2011

Why doesn't it surprise me that Gillard is opposed? Just look at the way she became PM!
Australia is lead by backward politicians and with their immigration policy they will pull the country back financially. A country with a party named One Nation, that claims Australia for the whites, forgetting that the Aborigines have lived their for 30,000 years!
Remember, Australia was founded by prisoners sent from mainly UK and Ireland. Being in such an isolated spot on the map. Australia need everyone willing to live and work there. Making it almost impossible to immigrate and also denying a large portion of its citizen the right to marry whom they love, will not improve the economy. I hope Gillard loses her job and are replaced by someone more in tune with the real world!

4:57AM PST on Dec 2, 2011

This is so outrageous. But I am learning that Australia is no where near as great as it appears once again.

The )(Wu8eqwe2740q#56#$5* with both countries, Head for the Netherlands!

3:19PM PST on Nov 30, 2011

i hope everyone can marry who they want in Australia soon regardless of their sexuality

11:38AM PST on Nov 30, 2011

How stupid that they won't issue that not married thing

9:21AM PST on Nov 30, 2011

Good for Australia that they do not approve of disordered "marriage"

10:51PM PST on Nov 29, 2011

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