Australian PM To Host Dinner For Lesbians And Gays

Published February 20, 2012 11:36PM (EST)

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Prime Minister Julia Gillard will host a dinner for two lesbian couples and a pair of gay men at her official residence after an activist group won a charity auction.

The couples will use the dinner in the national capital Canberra on Tuesday to lobby the prime minister to allow gay marriage.

Melbourne butcher John Dini told Australian Broadcasting Corp. that the dinner put a human face on the issue. Dini will attend the dinner with his partner of nine years, Steve Russell, a pair of lesbian university professors from Brisbane and a lesbian couple with two children from Sydney.

The activist group GetUp! paid 31,000 Australian dollars ($33,270) for the dinner at the Press Gallery of Australia annual charity ball in June last year.

By Salon Staff

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