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Gay Couples To Push Marriage Equality At Dinner With Australia PM

Australian gay couples will lobby for marriage equalitty in a dinner with Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

AFP reports:

Prime Minister Julia Gillard faces a long night of pressure to lift Australia’s ban on gay marriage after a left-leaning lobby group won an annual auction for an evening of her time.

Political activists GetUp! bid Aus$31,100 (US$32,855) for the dinner for six, raffled at a media charity ball on Wednesday night, and said three same-sex couples would use it to ask her why they could not wed.

Gillard is personally against gay marriage and both her ruling Labor party and the conservative opposition support Australia’s current ban, despite polls suggesting growing public support for the law to change.

The left-wing Greens, a key partner in Gillard’s minority coalition government, want a vote on the issue, and lawmakers agreed last November to gauge views in their electorates and report back to parliament.

“The face-to-face time with the PM was billed as a ‘unique opportunity for corporate Australia’,” said GetUp! director Simon Sheikh.

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