Australian lesbian politician hits back the opponents

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Australian Senator Penny Wong, the first openly gay woman to have a seat in the country’s parliament was repeatedly interrupted during a speech by conservative opponent and persistent heckler Ian Macdonald. Responding to an interruption Ms Wong, the leader of the Opposition in the Senate, clapped back: “Senator Macdonald really does have an unhealthy obsession with me, but I digress.” When Macdonald tried to challenge Wong, she responded that there was nothing for him to worry about because he is not her type anyway. The Labor politician is a strong voice for equality, and has previously slammed “fundamentalists” for blocking equal marriage. “At the centre of the opposition to equality of marriage rights for gay and lesbian members of the community is the conflation of religious concepts of marriage with secular concepts of marriage. Religious attitudes to marriage continue to impact on much of the political debate that has delayed the recognition of the marriage equality rights of the gay and lesbian community. The problem in all of this, of course, is the application of religious belief to the framing of law in a secular society. And in societies where church and state are constitutionally separate. At the centre of the opposition to equality of marriage rights for gay and lesbian members of the community is the conflation of religious concepts of marriage with secular concepts of marriage,” she said, “Religious attitudes to marriage continue to impact on much of the political debate that has delayed the recognition of the marriage equality rights of the gay and lesbian community. The problem in all of this, of course, is the application of religious belief to the framing of law in a secular society. And in societies where church and state are constitutionally separate.”

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