When Australian prime minister Tony Abbott paused on the lawn of Parliament House to engage a group of high school students in conversation, he may have been hoping to impress some future voters. However, the questions fired at him by the 14-year-olds - about asylum seekers, gay marriage and why he has appointed himself Minister for Women - seemed to take him aback
(warning: camera is level with Abbott's crotch.)
The students involved
later participated in the March in March
– a series of protests against current government policies which took place in 29 locations across Australia over three days. Despite over 100,000 turning out, the protests was little coverage by mainstream media – leading to criticism
even from within
the media’s own ranks
A progressive Australian political advocacy group
have produced a 2-minute advertisement
showing their support of Marriage Equality Down Under. Warning: May pull heartstrings. [more inside]
"This is it.
" This week, the final push is on for marriage equality in New York and it looks like the state is closer than ever
. [more inside]
In a first for Latin America, Mexico City's legislature voted to legalize gay marriage
Monday night, changing "the city's civil code definition of marriage from the union of a man and a woman to the 'free uniting of two people.'" [more inside]
News is breaking that the New York Senate will pass marriage equality legislation
today, despite media reports that the legislative push was "stalled"
from as late as last week. (The State Assembly repassed the same bill shortly after midnight last night
to facilitate the Senate's vote today.) This has all happened largely under the radar—though Markos "Daily Kos" Moulitsas was apparently in the know, hinting at this "big news"
in his Twitter feed
on Monday night. Today he writes: "So by the end of the week, gay marriage should be legal in New York. And there are no citizen initiatives in NY to overturn it."