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Same-sex couples to dine with Gillard

Same-sex couples to dine with Gillard

As Mardi Gras hits Sydney and the gay marriage debate begins to heat up in Australia, three same-sex couples are to dine with Prime Minister Julia Gillard this Tuesday to discuss the issue.

Sharon Dane and her wife Elaine Crump, a lesbian couple from Brisbane will be attending, along with two other couples, John and Steve from Victoria and Sandy and Lou from NSW.

Among them will be Australian Marriage Equality National Convener, Alex Greenwich, who was invited by the PM’s office.

In a press release, Mr Greenwich explained how the dinner will be a powerful and important move in the push for gay and lesbian equality.

‘We will share with Prime Minister Gillard why celebrating the meaning of marriage is so important to all Australians, including gay Australians.

‘We also hope to use the dinner to alleviate any concerns that the Prime Minister may have around the issues of religious freedoms and protections.'

The dinner was won by GetUp, an independent organisation ‘to build a progressive Australia’, for AU$31,000 (€25,270) in June last year. It will take place on Tuesday 22 February, at the Lodge.