AUSTRALIA: Former Queensland Attorney General Reverses, Says He Now Supports Same-Sex Marriage

Within weeks of his 2012 election to his state’s legislature, former Queensland Attorney General Jarrod Bleijie engineered the downgrading of civil unions to registered partnerships. But in what is being called a “breathtaking reversal,” Bliejie has declared that he now supports same-sex marriage. Q News reports:

Mr Bleijie, who is a committed Christian and a marriage celebrant this week told the Courier Mail that upon deeper reflection, he now supports same-sex marriage and will vote in favour of restoring state recognised civil union ceremonies for same-sex couples. “Supporting civil partnerships, and supporting same sex marriage has not been an easy journey for me,’’ Mr Bleijie said.

“I have gone from being the attorney-general responsible for abolishing same sex civil partnerships in Queensland, to intending to vote in favour in the forthcoming federal plebiscite.” Bleijie says his change of heart stemmed from officiating marriage ceremonies for friends and family members. “Marriage should be a statement of love and commitment between the happy couple; not an institution that rejects those who wish to enter it with the best intentions,’’ Bleijie said.

The anti-gay Australian Christian Lobby is VERY unhappy.

The capitulation of former Queensland Attorney General Jarrod Bleijie on the meaning of marriage will come as a big disappointment for people who voted for him, according to Australian Christian Lobby Queensland director Wendy Francis. “Throughout his career, Mr Bleijie has actively sought the votes of people who believe in the right of children to wherever possible be raised by their parents. To now take a position on marriage that mandates a family structure denying this basic right to children is a blow to his social justice credentials and a breach of trust to voters.”

RELATED: Upon his election this fall, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull outraged his LGBT supporters when he reversed on same-sex marriage, saying he now supports a public referendum on the issue.

  • oikos
    • bambinoitaliano

      He probably is trying to ease out of the closet using someone’s wedding as a ledge to jump off. Boyfriend must be putting a lot of pressure on him.

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    • medaka

      The gel, honey: it ain’t working.
      He needs a WAY better stylist.

      • oikos

        You’d think one of his ‘gay friends’ would tell him. 🙂

        • medaka

          I wouldn’t! Would you 😕

      • oikos

        It could be “There’s something about Mary’ brand gel.

        • bambinoitaliano

          Notice that pair of ears barely flap back to it’s original position. Hope he wear knee pads.

          • Probably has callouses on his knees and in his throat.

      • Gene

        he DOES have Moose AND squirrel in there doesn’t he?

        • TuuxKabin

          a hiding place for Boris and Natasha no doubt.

          • grada3784

            You forgot Mr. Big. Everyone forgets Mr,. Big.

          • TuuxKabin

            Ahhhh, meester beeg, how cood I forget meester beeg.

      • Happy Dance

        The “I just got did” look

    • Gene

      hummm….I am suspicious also. But, this is good news..and in Queensland, which is one of the most conservative and traditionalist parts of Australia no less. Who knows…they may even get marriage equality before Italy..or Japan (still feeling less and less impressed with how a nation that breaks its own arm patting its back on how advanced it is has handled this, immigration, etc)

      • oikos

        As someone else posted the only one who counts right now on ME is the PM.

    • A toilet plunger that was left in the toilet that he did not see when he sat down? Look at that grin on his face. Lucky guy he lives in Queensland with hot tanned Aussie boys he can hire now! ((cannot believe how rude and bitchy this comment is).

      • oikos

        My guess is he’s already hired them before.

  • Michael Rush

    won’t somebody PLEASE think of the children !!!

    • bkmn

      If Wendy ever decides to visit the US she had better watch out for Linda Harvey who will shank her if she so much as tries to move in on her grift.

  • Frostbite

    Likely he saw the writing on the wall and wants to keep his political career running along. Got voted in by being anti-LGBT, stay in office by now being pro-LGBT since that’s the way the wind’s blowing. Typical hypocritical flip-flopping politician.

    • Reality.Bites

      His party was defeated in the recent election. Like Julia Gillard, our enemy when he had power, our ally when no one gives a shit what he thinks, says or does.

  • TampaZeke

    Too many “former” officials supporting marriage equality when they’re out of office and not enough CURRENT officials with courage supporting it when it counts!

    • Bj Lincoln

      In order to be elected and stay current, they give in to the pressure and are chicken shits to vote for marriage.

    • Timothy Kincaid

      It appears that he is in the state legislature. Which is better than not in office at all, I suppose.

      • TampaZeke


        It’s just so annoying that so many politicians do their most damage when they have the power to do the most good and then “evolve” once they are in no position to affect policy, (e.g. Julia Gillard).

  • 5moreminutes*imtired

    “People who believe in the right of children to wherever possible be raised by their parents.” An anti gay marriage oldie but goodie. Barf.

    • sw42

      I love the embedded idea that if they would JUST be raised by their parents then all would be golden. Never mind if those parents are violent meth addicts or any one of a thousand other scenarios where a child’s well-being is threatened. Never mind that there are gay partnerships/marriages that would welcome and/or desperately want children and would provide loving homes. God, the gapes in logic just boggle the mind.

      • 5moreminutes*imtired

        And coming from a single parent home, their logic is insulting on so many levels.

        • Doug105

          Also Colbert and Stewart.

          • 2patricius2

            The two presidents and the two you mentioned when compared to the Bush sons sure disprove Jeb’s claim.

      • B Snow

        Not to mention that the “children raised by their bio parents” groups never get together to outlaw divorce for couples with children….

    • Chucktech

      Allowing gay people to marry changes not in the least the so-called “right of children to wherever possible be raised by their parents.” The two are completely unrelated and is nothing but the lamest of smokescreens designed to change the subject of gay peoples’ rights.

      • sw42

        And that has what has been thrilling about watching the debate about gay marriage wind its way through the courts (Supreme Court righties excepted) – because you can use all the fear-based logic that you want, but in a court of law it HAS to stand up to scrutiny, you HAVE to have proof of what you’re declaring. The people opposed to gay marriage, when all was said and done, they had nothing in a court of law that could even approach a justification for not excluding a civil right towards part of the population.

        • Phillip in L.A.

          “but in a court of law it HAS to stand up to scrutiny, you HAVE to have proof of what you’re declaring”

          I agree with you generally speaking, but:

          You mean like the Seven (7) different opinions in Bush v. Gore (2000) 531 U.S. 98 (declaring Bush to be the President)?

    • Bj Lincoln

      That’s because we ‘steal’ there kids.

    • David in Palm Springs

      Yeah, I had no idea gay couples were stealing children from their biological parents.

      • Reality.Bites

        Or that not being married turns us straight or ends our ability to adopt or have children through intercourse or through in vitro.

        There are a fair number of LGBT people on JMG with children – and almost all of them had them through heterosexual relationships.

  • Blake Jordan

    Prime ministers reversal is the one that matters, and he has totally f-ed over Australian same sex couples, to waste a whole lot of money I doubt Australia has to spare, on a public vote.

  • BearEyes

    on the surface maybe it is a reversal with a family member coming out, but for me, there are still unanswered questions here – wonder what else there is to the story?

  • JT

    He was caught asking a subordinate if he wanted a Bleijie.

  • bryan

    o/t : But if you need a morning laugh : Breitbart are trying to sell their own red coffee cups.The photoshopped images are beautifully pathetic.

    • oikos

      “A portion of the proceeds will go to benefit American Veterans organizations.”

      Which ones would those be? The fake ones like trump supported: Veterans for a Strong America.

      • zhera

        “A portion” can be a lot, or a little. I’m guessing it’s the former.

        • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

          I’m guessing it’s the latter.

          • zhera

            Crap, that’s what I meant!

            /brain fog

          • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

            Have a latte.

          • Reality.Bites

            I’m guessing it’s a latte.

    • sw42

      Love this sentence from the link, “a new coffee tumbler stands to reignite the latest battle in the War on Christmas.”

      Don’t flatter yourself. The only people who cared about the non-existent red cup controversy were you crazy people.

    • medaka

      How can something be so pathetic

      and so point-n-laugh at the same time?

      • bryan

        As someone pointed out in the comments : ‘The type is neither curved nor conical to conform to the cup shape. The least they could have done is wait until an actual sample is at hand – or hire someone with minimum, rudimentary Photoshop skills.’

    • Michael Rush

      I thought they would look like this :

      • bryan

        or this

        • Hunter M

          Ah, weight loss cups. You’ll throw up before you’re ever able to drink what’s inside.

      • oikos

        The love and joy just oozes from those two. Eeeeewwwwwww.

      • Chucktech

        Oh, yeah, those look like your typical Starbucks customers…

        • Michael Rush

          Starbucks is desperate for new customers since the far right’s boycott was so successful ,

      • 2guysnamedjoe

        Rafi and his lovely spouse have put on some weight.

  • sw42

    “Mr Bleijie, who is a committed Christian…”

    For some reason, the journalistic descriptor made me laugh. It’s so subjective. I mean, I can say I’m committed to eliminating hunger in the world but in reality I don’t find a lot of time for it. But nobody would really know that, because all I have to do is just say that I’m committed to it.

    • bkmn

      Yet another Christian that should be committed.

    • JT

      Committed to an asylum would be more in line with reality.

    • Blake Jordan

      Which asylum does he reside in…

      • Michael Senesac

        :Kentucky State Asylum”

    • TampaZeke

      I wish all Christians would be committed.

      Too many Christians, not enough Bellvues.

    • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

      When I hear committed christian, this is the image that comes to mind…

      • TampaZeke

        You have a knack for finding the picture that speaks a thousand words! 🙂

  • LovesIrony

    Well I guess all the support possible is good, even when it comes from a fucking bigot, all votes matter. The journey has been difficult for me…oh you poor thing….what about the journey for those couples denied equality while you pity yourself.

  • BudClark

    If the Anglican and Roman archpricks of Sydney should just “happen” to fall into the harbour, life would be easier and more pleasant for EVERYONE.

    • It would certainly help spread a deadzone, though. All that bullshit can’t be good for the tenuous environment.

  • Mark

    PING!!!! PING!!!! PING!!!
    The needle on my queer as fuck meter just beat itself to oblivion.

  • Awwww, someone’s hoping that special someone will say yes! Dump his ass, my Aussie dears. Take him to the nearest outback and make him eat that awful, greasy ‘Australian’ food. Send him subscriptions to chinese spam mailers!

  • Baltimatt

    Damn, he looks young. He’s 33.

  • geoffalnutt

    They don’t call it Queensland for nothing.

  • Alaska

    People should follow his example and support him politically, but only after voting against him in the next election.

    • Unfortunately, he holds one of the safest seats in Queensland.
      Fortunately, he not only lost his position as Attorney-General with the change of government, he has not been appointed by his party as Shadow Attorney-General. Which suggests that when, if, his party returns to power he won’t become Attorney-General again.

  • Obviously the calls for his removal were too much – but he STILL should be removed for being a Christian Terrorist and member of the Christian ISIS.

    • Well, he has been removed. Though he remains a member of the Queensland Parliament, he’s no longer Attorney-General. Nor even Shadow Attorney-General.

  • Justin

    Apparently he figured out that he wasn’t getting the political mileage he was hoping for. Douchebag. But I’m practical: the support may be useful.

  • joe ho

    “Religion is an insult to human dignity. Without it you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things.
    But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion.”

    ― Steven Weinberg, Nobel Prize Physics

  • billbear1961

    Hold a free vote in Parliament, Turnbull, you cowardly turncoat!

  • millers3888

    Good for him that he came around. Not sure why everyone’s hating. If that’s the reaction we give to folks that may have done us wrong in the past but want to make amends, that’s really messed up.

    • Saying he’ll be voting for equality in Turnbull’s proposed national plebiscite is a very insignificant way to “make amends”. Especially as there would be no way to discover how he did vote. Getting up off his bum and campaigning for equality — at the very least for the restoration of civil unions in Queensland — would be a different matter.

  • poose

    I’ve lived in Oz. for almost half a decade, mostly in Perth.

    I don’t really get it-outside the East (esp. Sydney) alternate sexuality is almost drowned by a tide of brodudes whom seem to be the most sexually insecure creatures on the planet. The homophobia is almost a palpable fear in southern and western Australia, but remember we’re talking very small populations.

    I find it interesting that my closest exemplar population of homophobes (central Indiana) has a far larger population base than both Australian states combined (with a mere fraction of area to boot) yet still finds it possible to embrace outside influences and even accept the inevitable when it rears it’s ugly head.

    Now, all we need to do is get rid of Gov. Pence…

  • Desmond Rutherford

    As an Aussie, I am getting dizzier than usual from all the politicians flipping from one view to another over marriage equality. Thankfully many of them are realising that our secular society recognises that love should be celebrated and that religions have no right to impose their beliefs on others through Australian law.

  • justmeeeee

    To me that face just spells c-o-c-k-s-u-c-k-e-r.

  • Martin

    “Marriage should be a statement of love and commitment between the happy
    couple; not an institution that rejects those who wish to enter it with
    the best intentions,’’

    perfectly said

  • Stuart Wyman-Cahall

    Too little, too late, Australia. You, like our Canadian brothers to the north and your own neighbors, New Zealand, had a chance to LEAD. You keep flailing and failing. Your nothing but a U.S. poodle. I took a lot of flack from people when I said Australia will NEVER do ANYTHING unless the U. S. does it first. Told ya so.

  • Gordon.

    My Gaydar says that he’s gayer than a beribboned pink picnic basket.

  • So he’s changed his mind “on further reflection”? An admission that he was motivated by little more than juvenile bigotry when he rushed in to stick the knife into those godless perverts, that he’s belatedly growing up, or just that he’s suddenly noticed which way the wind is blowing?

    The retired president of the Queensland Bar Association summed him up in a nutshell last Wednesday, describing him as “an inexperienced, under-educated, and incompetent Attorney-General”.

    BTW, he pronounces his surname “blay”.

  • Ninja0980

    Too little too late asshole.

  • Happy Dance

    His boyfriend must have proposed to him! He is too purdy to not be on our side!

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