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

in AUSTRALIA, 21/04/2013

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. 

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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