Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott is known to most Americans one of the few Western leaders who opposed marriage equality. Well, we should say was known— the 57-year-old Liberal Party pol was just ousted after a leadership fight ended his term after less than two years.
Abbott opposed the freedom to marry despite support for it from nearly 70% of Australians, and the fact that his own sister is a lesbian.
Abbott recently pushed a plebiscite, or public vote, on the issue to 2017.
Incoming PM Malcolm Turnbull, who defeated Abbott 54-44 in a party vote, has a more progressive record than his predecessor and supports marriage equality, laxer immigration policies and climate-change initiatives.
Activists hope he’ll call for a referendum on marriage equality this year.