Scott Morrison Won't Clarify If Opposition To Same-Sex Marriage Has Changed
Scott Morrison says he supports the law of the country but wouldn't say if his personal opposition to same-sex marriage has changed since it was legalised.
A Liberal candidate for Greenway in Sydney has reportedly said his previous opposition to gay couples adopting children no longer represents his views.
Allan Green told The Guardian he didn't agree with his own Facebook posts in 2010, 2012 and 2015, made when he was a Christian Democrats candidate.
Morrison abstained from voting for marriage equality when it passed the House of Representatives in 2018, and he voted "no" in the national survey.
When asked if he is still personally opposed to same-sex marriage, the prime minister replied: "It's law. And I'm glad that the change has now been made and people can get on with their lives. That's what I'm happy about."
When pressed on whether his opinions have changed, he told reporters in Perth: "I always support the law of the country."
Morrison said his Christian faith was informed by his mother, who was "a woman of quiet, decent faith, who translated that into action in her love and care for others".
Morrison said he doesn’t like to “mix my religion... and my faith with politics”, declining to answer questions on whether he thought gay people went to hell.
“It's always been something that has informed how I live my life and how I seek to care for and support others,” he said.
On the question, coming after rugby star Israel Folau’s controversial Instagram post - and a question posed to Morrison and Labor’s Bill Shorten at last week’s leaders debate - the PM added “none of us are perfect, none of us are saints in that respect.”
“We try and do what is right and we try and do what is best and that's what always sought to guide me in terms of my own personal faith,” he said.
“But as I said, my faith is not about politics. It's about just, who I am, just like it is for everyone who holds such a deep faith.”
In the debate, Morrison said notable personalities had a responsibility to be careful about what they post.
“Freedom of speech is important but we have to exercise it responsibly and exercise it in a society such as ours with civility and due care and consideration to others,” he said.
Shorten took a stronger line, appearing to gently voice support for Folau.
“I think Israel Folau is entitled to his views, and he shouldn't suffer an employment penalty for it. So I'm uneasy about that part of it,” Shorten said.
“[But] when you're a public figure, that has negative impact, a hurtful impact on other people.”