Julia Gillard, Australia's former prime
minister, now says that she supports allowing gay and lesbian couples
The former Labor leader strongly
resisted the change during her time in office. In 2012, she voted
against a private member's bill.
Speaking Wednesday night at Victoria
University to honor Judge Michael Kirby, Gillard reversed herself.
“I am aware that this vote by me was
viewed as odd by many given what they know of my broader values,”
said, a reference to her government's support for LGBT rights.
“The nature of Australia's
contemporary debate on same-sex marriage has caused me to re-examine
some fundamental assumptions I have held.”
“In my time post-politics, as key
countries have moved to embrace same-sex marriage, I have identified
that my preferred reform direction was most assuredly not winning
hearts and minds.”
She added that she would vote for a
marriage equality bill today.
“I would certainly cast my ballot in
favor of same-sex marriage,” she said.
Gillard also criticized Tony Abbott's
plan to put the issue up to a popular vote next year, saying that it
suggested that politicians are not capable of leading reforms.