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Australia: Prime Minister Tony Abbott Blocks Same-Sex Marriage, Suggests Nation Votes After 2016

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Australia’s conservative prime minister is under fire for blocking a legislative route to legalize same-sex marriage.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott called a surprise political meeting of Members of Parliament (MPs) today and behind closed doors the group voted against allowing MPs to vote their conscience on same-sex marriage. That was a win for Abbott in the short term, as the conservative prime minister is vociferously opposed to marriage equality, but already is eliciting anger toward the embattled prime minister. Now MPs will be forced to vote as their party directs, which would scuttle any marriage equality efforts.

Abbott is accused of stacking the deck. He could have organized the political vote without the conservative MPs but chose not to.

Immediately, the man trying to unseat Abbott and take his place, Labor Party leader Bill Shorten, sent out this tweet:

Abbott said same-sex marriage is a “deeply personal … subject on which decent people can differ,” and suggested the people might be allowed to vote on marriage at the polls sometime after the 2016 elections.

“Going into the next election,” Abbott said, his party “will finalize another position. The disposition of the party room this evening is that our position going into the next election should be that in a subsequent term of parliament, this is a matter that should rightly be put to the Australian people.”

72 percent of the Australian people support marriage equality for same-sex couples.

 

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President Donald Trump on Thanksgiving broke weeks of refusing to answer questions from reporters, and focusing his anger on Georgia called its Republican Secretary of State “an enemy of the people” while brewing up an insane new conspiracy theory.

After praising GOP Senators in two run-off elections fighting to keep their seats, Trump said he told Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, “you have a fraudulent system.”

“You have a system where the flick of a switch or the putting in of a new chip can change the course of history.”

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President Donald Trump used the occasion of Thanksgiving, weeks after Election Day, to declare he will not concede.

Speaking to reporters after calling troops overseas – at 1:16 AM their time, several hours later than scheduled – the President was asked if he will finally concede.

“No I can’t say that at all,” Trump replied, the first time he’s taken questions from reporters in weeks.

President-elect Joe Biden has 306 Electoral College votes, against Trump’s 232.

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But he also said he would leave the White House if Biden is the official winner. (Trump frequently denies making remarks he has made.)

Trump, however, is not planning on believing the results.

“I don’t know what is going to happen. I know one thing, Joe Biden did not get 80 million votes,” he added.

 

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