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Wife of likely Australia PM doesn’t support husband’s opposition to gay marriage

Thursday, September 5, 2013

FORESTVILLE, New South Wales, Australia — Margie Abbott, wife of the man many expect to be elected the next Prime Minister of Australia, indicated in a television interview Thursday that she does not necessarily support her husband’s staunch opposition to same-sex marriage.

Margie Abbott said in an appearance with Nine Network that it’s time the country had a conversation about same-sex marriage.

Margie Abbott

Her husband, Opposition Leader Tony Abbott, and current Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, are locked in a campaign that falls into the margin of error in the polls, and has most political pundits forecasting a win for Abbott in Saturday’s national election.

Margie Abbott’s willingness to discuss the subject with such openness is in direct contrast to her husband, who has thus far refused to let his Liberal party members have a conscience vote on the issue.

“I suppose at the end of the day I think that love, commitment, are things that should be recognized and I think it’s a conversation that Australia needs to have,” Abbott said. “Hopefully going forward that is one that we will have.”

But she also cautioned that any changes “should be incremental.”

Abbott also discussed her husband’s sister Christine, who recently announced she is gay.

“We as a family welcome discussion, we’re very open and I think Tony, if nothing else, is a great listener and I think that is a great quality in whatever you do,” she said.

Rudd has publicly supported marriage equality and promised legislation within the first 100 days of his term if re-elected.

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26 more reader comments:

  1. Everyone deserves equality!

    Posted on Friday, September 6, 2013 at 12:04am
  2. So let’s demonize the husband and praise the wife?……orrrr……

    Posted on Friday, September 6, 2013 at 12:06am
  3. Good woman, maybe he’ll listen to her!

    Posted on Friday, September 6, 2013 at 12:07am
  4. he dosent listen to women

    Replied on Friday, September 6, 2013 at 6:24am
  5. He’s using his wife to address “the” issue, a political football manoeuvre – plain and simple.

    Posted on Friday, September 6, 2013 at 12:10am
  6. Sadly, this was my first thought as well ...

    Replied on Friday, September 6, 2013 at 12:13am
  7. can't we HOPE for the BEST.....maybe just maybe, she is being HONEST.

    Replied on Friday, September 6, 2013 at 2:06am
  8. :)

    Posted on Friday, September 6, 2013 at 12:12am
  9. Political maneuver… nothing more!

    Posted on Friday, September 6, 2013 at 12:15am
  10. The only time you see gay marriage interfere with “traditional” marriage. Lol.

    Posted on Friday, September 6, 2013 at 12:33am
  11. his wife, sister and daughters all disagree with him. How stubborn is he exactly?

    Posted on Friday, September 6, 2013 at 12:40am
  12. I predict there will be NO movement or progression, regarding marriage equality in Australia, for a very long time! Abbott is set to win the election, and with the ALP in disarray the LNP is due to stay in power for at least six years. A very sad state of affairs…. :-(

    Posted on Friday, September 6, 2013 at 1:02am
  13. i wish gays were black womenn or jews or wait they are

    Posted on Friday, September 6, 2013 at 1:03am
  14. Behind every man there’s a GOOD WOMAN!

    Posted on Friday, September 6, 2013 at 1:40am
  15. looks like they also have a McCain family as well!

    Posted on Friday, September 6, 2013 at 4:31am
  16. Dweebette.

    Posted on Friday, September 6, 2013 at 5:40am
  17. she needs to withhold for a while, he’ll get the message real quick

    Posted on Friday, September 6, 2013 at 8:08am
  18. wtf Mark person… LGBT people come from all walks of life, which you probably know but that your unfettered and misguided hatred allows you to ignore. and PS, there is nothing wrong with Jews or African-American people anyway! Don’t hate us (I’m half Jewish as well on my mom’s side so I can say “us” here) because the rednecks have already lost and are going to continue to dramatically lose their remaining power and influence. you can go stuff your dick now

    Posted on Friday, September 6, 2013 at 1:40pm
  19. Divorce the bitch

    Posted on Friday, September 6, 2013 at 2:35pm
  20. Just wondering, is this the same guy who published a paper in which he describes how he changed his views on same sex marriage and that he now supports it?

    Posted on Friday, September 6, 2013 at 3:49pm
  21. You mean the current Australian PM? No. That would be Kevin Rudd.

    Replied on Friday, September 6, 2013 at 4:52pm
  22. Ah right, thanks

    Replied on Friday, September 6, 2013 at 5:37pm
  23. Plzz feel free to add me folks ; )

    Posted on Friday, September 6, 2013 at 3:50pm
  24. Hmmmmmm, you can see that she is the brains and compassion of the relationship :)

    Posted on Friday, September 6, 2013 at 4:12pm
  25. Ooooooooooooooh, domestic dispute on national scale.

    Posted on Friday, September 6, 2013 at 5:34pm
  26. the only way same-sex marriage will ruin “traditional” marriage

    Posted on Friday, September 6, 2013 at 9:47pm