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LGBTI rights Australia in 2013 – down but not out

2013 saw many gains and set backs in the fight for LGBTI rights in Australia - GSN looks back on a year of struggle in the Great Southern Land

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31st December 2013 02:45

Alessia Valenza | ILGA Oceania

2013 was a tumultuous year for LGBTI rights in Australia, with significant victories on the road to reform but also significant short term obstacles put in its way.

The LGBTI community started 2013 on a bit of a high with the 2012 national conference of the then ruling Australian Labor Party adopting same-sex marriage as part of its party platform in December of 2012 – though the party stopped short of binding MPs to vote for the reform.

Just a few months later in May of 2013 ousted Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announced his support for same-sex marriage, becoming the most prominent person in the party to back allowing same-sex couples to marry.

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