Labor MLC Ian Hunter today told parliament it was wrong for Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to continue to impose his personal beliefs on the rest of the community and disallow gay marriage.
Mr Hunter has been openly gay since he was elected to parliament and been in a relationship with his partner Leith for almost 20 years.
Gay marriage is not allowed in Australia but permitted in countries such as the Netherlands, Belgium, Canada, South Africa, Norway, Sweden and Spain.
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Some states in the U.S. including Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa and Maine have also allowed the union.
Mr Rudd has previously stated the Federal Government will look at partnership registration.
Mr Hunter however said he was no longer willing to "accept the crumbs from the table" and this view was out of step.
"I want to get married," he said.
"But I can't - I can't marry the person I love, not in my own country."
Mr Hunter said no one had ever been able to provide him with a reason why marriage should be confined to a man and a woman and he would not accept the argument that he may soon be able to register his partnership in future.
"I want to get married ... Next year will be the twentieth anniversary of my not being married to my partner Leith," he said.
"Yes I could travel to Massachusetts or South Africa and get married.
"But I want to share my marriage with my family and my friends - like we all do.
"I want to get married and you, Mr Rudd, are stopping me.
Here's good old luscious Mrs Robinson who loves sex the old-fashioned way and says all gays are mentally sick.
Anti-gay MP stands down from politics
|Written by Richard Clarendon|
|Monday, 04 January 2010 15:21|
The UK’s Pink News reported that Robinson, the Democratic Unionist MP for Strangford and wife of Northern Ireland's first minister, Peter Robinson, released a statement yesterday saying she could no longer meet the demands of her job
The 60-year-old was labelled a bigot for a series of outbursts last year in which she made offensive comments about homosexuality.
In 2008, she told the Belfast Telegraph that homosexuality was "comparable" to paedophilia. She also told a radio show that homosexuality was a mental illness and could be "cured". Robinson escaped a police prosecution for the comments.
In the statement, she said: "Over the years, I have undergone a long series of operations and, though I have never talked about it publicly, I have also battled against serious bouts of depression.
"Only those who have faced similar challenges in life will know the ordeal faced by those who are profoundly depressed, and the distress caused to those around them as they grapple with personality-changing illness. One in four of the population struggle with mental illnesses at one level or another, yet few talk about it openly.”
And here's to you, Mrs. Robinson
Jesus loves you more than you will know (Wo, wo, wo)
God bless you please, Mrs. Robinson
Heaven holds a place for those who pray
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