MADRID (AP)—A prominent gay Australian politician has married his longtime partner in southern Spain two months after his country rejected a proposal to enact same sex marriage legislation.
Ian Hunter says he is disappointed his marriage to artist Leith Semmens won’t be legal in Australia. Hunter is the social inclusion minister for the state of South Australia.
Hunter said Wednesday that he thinks it will take Australia about six or seven years to approve gay marriage.
He’s believed to be the first sitting member of an Australian legislative body to marry a gay partner. Australia’s ruling Labor Party reversed opposition to gay marriage last year but Prime Minister Julia Gillard remains opposed.