Since Ireland turned into the first nation to authorize same-sex marriage, the world has paid heed. Australians and lawmakers have been battling harder than at any other time in recent memory to change the marriage act in Australia to say “two people” rather than “man and woman.”
A 1000 strong protest in Sydney on Sunday called for equal rights in Australia. Politicians on both sides of parliament supported same-sex marriage on social media.
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten introduced a private member’s bill to parliament on Monday calling for overseas same-sex marriages to be recognised, and the terminology in the marriage act to be changed to include same-sex couples.
However Prime Minister Tony Abbott declined Shorten’s request for support, stating at a press conference in Sydney: “I’ve made it very clear that while this is an important issue the government has an absolute focus right now on getting the budget measures through parliament.”
But Abbott’s sister, Christine Forster, who is engaged to a woman has called on her brother to help Australia to achieve marriage equality.