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Sister of anti-equality PM Tony Abbott announces her same-sex marriage plans in Australia

Sister of anti-equality PM Tony Abbott announces her same-sex marriage plans in Australia

Virginia Edwards and Christine Forster – sister of Tony Abbott

Following the Australian Parliament voting in favor of a bill legislating for same-sex marriage last week, Australian same-sex couples have begun filing notifications of their intent to marry.

They have to wait 30 days after filing before they can marry.

Today, Christine Forster, a Liberal councilor for the City of Sydney, and partner Virginia Edwards filed their notification to wed.

The reason this has made headlines is that Forster is the sister of former Australian PM Tony Abbott.

Abbott refused to introduce same-sex marriage during his time as Prime Minister, and continued to be one of the most vocal campaigners against marriage equality during Australia’s recent public postal survey on the issue.

He and his sister have long stood on opposite sides of the fence on the issue.

Forster announced that she and partner Virginia Edwards have filed their notification with a post on Twitter.

‘It’s official! @surryhillsgal and I have lodged our Notice of Intent to Marry #Excited #LoveIsLove #MarriageEquality #auspol’

Forster and Edwards have not announced a wedding date, or if Abbott has been invited to attend. GSN has reached out to Forster for further comment.

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