CITY of Sydney councillor and self-confessed “regular lesbian about town” Christine Forster has opened up about her personal life and relationship with her brother Prime Minister Tony Abbott in an interview with SBS 2’s The Feed.
Forster, who met her partner Virginia Edwards in 2003 where they both had sons attending the same school, said publicly coming out was a big decision.
Forster said that when she came out, out of all her immediate family members, Abbott was the most supportive.
“People raise their eyebrows when I tell them this but it’s the honest truth,” she said.
“When I told him what was going on his response was ‘whatever you think you have to do I will support you’.”
Despite this, Abbott continues to oppose legislating marriage equality in Australia despite his lesbian sister.
Forster defended her brother’s views, saying Abbott does see her relationship with Edwards as valid. It just didn’t come under his umbrella of the institution of marriage.
“He sees… the legal definition of marriage as it was historically, he sees it that it has to be between a man and women,” Forster said.
“I think he’s wrong, but he’s entitled to his view.”
Forster, mother to four children, said that she came out later in her life due to an inability to come out when she was younger.
“I grew up in an environment where there was never any opportunity for me to pursue a same-sex relationship, it wasn’t something that was ever even considered remotely,” she recalled.
Virginia Edwards, Forster’s partner, said she felt proud that she and Christine could be a voice for the gay community.
“Families come in all shapes and sizes and they’re aren’t any conventions and nor should there be,” she said.
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