Malcolm Turnbull is persona non grata at Mardi Gras

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CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 14: Malcolm Turnbull speaks to the media after winning the leadership ballot at Parliament House on September 14, 2015 in Canberra, Australia. Malcolm Turnbull announced this morning he would be challenging Tony Abbott for the Liberal Party leadership. (Photo by Stefan Postles/Getty Images)

It was forbidden for the Australian PM to attend Mardi Gras in Sydney because he did not help with legal recognition of same-sex marriages in the country. The Mardi Gras membership passed the motion to not officially invite Turnbull to the LGBT Pride event during their annual general meeting (AGM).

The motion presented by the membership said the group “does not believe that a prime minister who denies us equality should be welcome as an official guest at our parade”. Turnbull confirmed the Coalition government had “no plans” to advance marriage equality after a bill to run a plebiscite on the issue was taken down in the Senate last Monday. The PM supported a free parliamentary vote on marriage equality but ran a plebiscite after he was pressured by conservatives in the Coalition.

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