It is very rare that the politicals views o australian leaders become a headlnes during an election campaing over who should govern. The leaders of both of Australia’s major political parties agreed on Tuesday that gays don’t go to hell because of their sexual orientation, as Christian beliefs rose to extraordinary prominence in the final days of an election campaign.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison opposed gay marriage while opposition leader Bill Shorten argued for marriage equality ahead of a national vote in 2017 that led to Australia legally recognizing same-sex unions.“I’m not running for pope, I’m running for prime minister,” Morrison told reporters. “So … theological questions, you can leave at the door.” Australian political leaders’ religious views are rarely raised in election campaigns, which have long been regarded as a strictly secular argument over who should govern.
While Morrison is a centrist, his opposition to gay marriage was out of step with the 62% of voters who supported gay marriage. Shorten attacked Morrison for failing to address the theological fate of homosexuals when questioned on Monday.
“I cannot believe that the prime minister has not immediately said that gay people will not go to hell,” he told reporters. Also Tuesday, police charged 15 Greenpeace activists following a protest on Sydney Harbor Bridge demanding climate change action.
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