Australia anti-gay marriage opponent attends same-sex wedding

2018-02-02 14:50
Christine Forster, right, sister of former Australian prime minister Tony Abbott, kisses her partner Virginia Edwards in Sydney. (Australia Broadcasting Corporation via AP)

Christine Forster, right, sister of former Australian prime minister Tony Abbott, kisses her partner Virginia Edwards in Sydney. (Australia Broadcasting Corporation via AP)

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Canberra - A former Australian prime minister who was a leader of the national campaign against gay marriage has attended the same-sex marriage of his lesbian sister in Sydney.

Tony Abbott joined his sister Christine Forster when she married her partner Virginia Edwards in a civil ceremony overlooking the Sydney Opera House on Friday.

READ: Celebrations as Australians back same-sex marriage

Abbott told reporters it was a "great family occasion" and that he was "looking forward to having a new sister-in-law".

Almost 62% of voting Australians who took part in a postal survey in 2017 opted for marriage equality, and Parliament in December supported legislation lifting the same-sex marriage ban.

While Abbott vehemently opposes gay marriage, he has long said he would attend his sister's wedding if the same-sex marriage ban was ever lifted.

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