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NEWS: Australian Minister to Marry Partner in Spain

By December 19, 2012

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Ian Hunter, social inclusion minister in the state government of South Australia, and his partner of 22 years, Leith Semmens, are planning to marry in Jun, a small Spanish town near Granada.

Australian lawmakers have struggled with efforts to legalize gay marriage without success, but Hunter is set on taking advantage of more inclusive laws elsewhere. "We're not getting married because of any political campaign. We're getting married to express our love for each other, as our friends can do back home," Hunter told Agence France-Presse. Because of his position, the move can't help but be read as political, but Hunter remains optimistic that Australia will join the 10 countries around the world that allow gay unions:

"I know I'm on the right side of history with this and I'm not that fussed if Australia takes a little longer to get there."
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