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Gay marriage bill introduced to Australian parliament

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Canberra, A bill to legalize same-sex marriage in Australia was introduced in parliament on Monday.
Warren Entsch became the first Coalition MP to introduce the bill, despite the fact that it is highly unlikely to go be put to vote before the next election.

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“The main purpose of this bill is not a complex one, it is to give same-sex couples in Australia the same right to marry the person they love as that which is currently only granted by law to heterosexual couples,” Entsch told the parliament

“This bill is designed to promote an inclusive Australia, not a divided one.”However, the Australian government’s official position is that marriage should only be between a man and a woman.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has denied government MP’s a free vote on any bill legalizing same-sex marriage.

Australia’s Marriage Act limits marriage to a union of a man and a woman.

Earlier, Abbott said the matter should be “put to the people” in a non-binding plebiscite after the next general election, due in 2016.

(IANS)

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Indian-origin MP becomes first Australian politician to take oath on Bhagavad Gita

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Indian-origin Daniel Mookhey became the first politician to be sworn in to an Australian Parliament on the Gita.

32-year-old Mookhey was elected by the Labor party, to fill the vacancy left by Steve Whan’s departure, in the New South Wales upper house.

“It is an honour and a privilege to be the first Australian politician to take the oath on The Gita,” Mookhey said, as reported by IBN Live.

He reportedly added that the Gita is one of the world’s greatest religious texts, along with Bible, Quran and Torah.

Mookhey is originally from Punjab, from where his parents had migrated to Australia in 1973.

Mookhey is not the only Hindu politician who has made his name in politics of foreign countries. Recently Tulsi Gabbard was listed among the 25 most accomplished and influential female leaders in the United States Congress.

In a report by PTI, it was reported that despite being in Congress for just two years, Gabbard was able to work with Democrats and Republicans. She was one of the leading voices on military and foreign affairs on both the House Armed Services Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Both these young Hindu leaders have made a prominent mark in the politics of their respective countries.