VIP Ellen event carries gay marriage message
"The Premier's wrong,'' Ellen De Generes says of Dennis Napthine's opposition to gay marriage at her VIP event.
The guest of honour and wife Portia de Rossi were interviewed by Tracy Grimshaw live on A Current Affair before walking the Black Carpet.
Amongst the 300 were Sonia Kruger, John Bertrand, Shane Jacobson, Lisa Wilkinson, Patti and Lauren Newton, Chris and Rebecca Judd, Nathan and Tania Buckley, Olympic basketballer Liz Cambage, swimmer Matt Targett, Rhonda Burchmore, Lauren Phillips and partner Lachie Spark, Shane Delia and Adam D’Sylva, and Josh Gibson.
Chef George Calombaris provided the menu for the night.
But there were also VIQs in attendance to support the political push for same sex marriage including Magda Szubanski, Christine Forster (Tony Abbott’s sister), Dr Kerryn Phelps and Qantas chief Alan Joyce.
Host Victorian Premier Dennis Napthine was quizzed on radio yesterday about his feelings on the issue, telling 3AW: “Marriage is a federal issue.
“I, personally, and my electorate are very happy with the current situation.”
But referring to de Rossi, DeGeneres said: ”We’ll get married as many times as possible.
”And the Premier’s wrong,” she added, ”but he’ll come round.”
Source: The Age