1. David Cameron
In the past David Cameron has criticised multiculturalism, has cut billions of dollars from health, education and entitlement programs in the United Kingdom and yet he has still been happy to consistently support marriage equality.
2. John Key
Amongst notable gaffes, John Key has called David Beckham, ‘thick as batshit’ and criticised a radio host’s shirt for being ‘gay’. More recently he said New Zealand would be happy to support military action against North Korea only to backtrack the next day, saying any chance they would go into the country was ‘so far off the planet’. Key, however, supports marriage equality.
3. Dick Cheney
One of the most powerful Vice-Presidents in US history, Cheney was George W. Bush’s final counsel on almost all major policy decisions made by his administration. This included invading Iraq, holding back global action on climate change and supporting torture techniques like waterboarding. Cheney did support marriage equality though.
4. Malcolm Fraser
This was the guy who got rid of Gough Whitlam. Let that sink in. Gough Whitlam. Doesn’t mean he doesn’t support marriage equality though.
5. Barack Obama
Many might not see him as ‘conservative’, but Obama, like Cheney, has been responsible for holding back global efforts to fight climate change, has overseen a deeply controversial drone program that has killed hundreds of innocent Pakistanis and was (for a long time) against marriage equality. This changed in the lead up to last year’s Presidential election and it is Obama’s experience with marriage equality that should be most informative for Gillard.
Obama’s conversion on marriage equality shows it doesn’t pay to be a contrarian. Whilst many gay and lesbian Americans were already going to vote for him, Obama’s support for marriage equality engendered a more important kind of response. Gay and lesbian Americans didn’t just vote for him, they told their friends to vote for him. Some would’ve spent a few hours calling neighbours and many would’ve been out door-knocking to help him get re-elected.
If anyone in the world needs this kind of support it is Julia Gillard.