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GILLARD, ABBOTT URGED TO RECONSIDER GAY MARRIAGE STANCE AFTER NZ VOTE

Equal rights advocates have renewed their calls for Australian leaders to reconsider their stance on gay marriage after New Zealand passed legislation allowing same-sex couples to wed. \n

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21st April 2013 15:36

Alessia Valenza | ILGA Oceania

But the Prime Minister remains unmoved by the New Zealand vote, saying she will not be changing her position against same-sex marriage.

"I doubt we’re going to end up agreeing," she told a marriage equality supporter at a community cabinet meeting in Melbourne on Wednesday night, adding Labor had allowed a conscience vote on the issue.

Meanwhile, Opposition Leader Tony Abbott reaffirmed the Coalition’s policy against same-sex marriage and MPs would not be allowed a conscience vote, AAP reported.   

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