Senator resigns over bestiality comments

Australian Senator Cory Bernardi has resigned from his position as shadow parliamentary secretary after comparing gay marriage to bestiality

Senator resigns over bestiality comments
19 September 2012 Print This Article

Australian opposition leader Tony Abbott announced that Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi has resigned after he compared gay marriage to bestiality.

Bernardi said during a debate on same-sex marriage in the Senate yesterday:

‘The next step …is having three people that love each other should be able to enter into a permanent union endorsed by society, or four people. There are even some creepy people out there, who say that it’s OK to have consensual sexual relations between humans and animals. Will that be a future step?’

Abbott said at a a press conference this morning:

‘They are views that I don’t share that I think many people would find repugnant… I was concerned about what Cory said in the Senate last night and then when he compounded that by going to to radio to repeat the matter I thought that was one mistake too many.’

Abbott, who has a lesbian sister, said the Liberal party he leads is committed to opposing gay marriage because they stood on that platform at the last election.

But he said ‘I think we’ve got to conduct this debate in a a civil way and I don’t think Cory Bernardi in anyway contributed to that’.

After a conversation with Abbott, Bernardi resigned as shadow parliamentary secretary assisting the leader of the opposition. He will be replaced by Arthur Sinodinos and Jamie Briggs.

The debate on same-sex marriage in the Australian Senate continues with a vote expected today.

The vote is not expected to pass legislation allowing gay couples to marry as opposition coalition senators are not allowed a free conscience vote.  Nine Greens senators and 20 Labor senators are expected to vote for marriage equality, short of the support of 38 senators needed to pass new laws. 



No thumbnail available

Football clubs vow to tackle online homophobia

UK football clubs have agreed to work with the police in tackling homophobic abuse on social networking sites
No thumbnail available

Gay marriage will happen in Australia, new Deputy PM promises

Forced to answer in only one word, Anthony Albanese says Labor will push for same-sex marriage in Australia
No thumbnail available

Senate tells Australian Government to do more to end gay persecution globally

The Australian Senate has passed a motion calling on the Australian Government to do more on the world stage to help end the criminalization of LGBTI people
No thumbnail available

Julian Clary compares fight for gay marriage to suffragette struggle

Comic says: 'When women were given the vote, some people talked about society crumbling - and it didn't.'
No thumbnail available

Are all gay men secretly Tory like Ivan Massow says?

London mayor hopeful claims gay men are ‘obliged to stand on the left and throw rocks at the right’
No thumbnail available

Queenstown rocks it out in the snow and sunshine

The biggest gay ski week in the Southern Hemisphere closes with a bang, but the fun doesn't stop there in New Zealand
No thumbnail available

Rob James Collier talks about season three of Downton Abbey

His character of Thomas will embark on secret affair with another man
No thumbnail available

Lesbian SNL sensation Kate McKinnon tops Forbes 30 Under 30 Hollywood List

Made splash with impersonations of Ann Romney and Ellen DeGeneres
No thumbnail available

Asia prepares to celebrate LGBTI heroes at awards

Three companies and 10 individuals will be honored as Element magazine hosts inaugural Asian Pink Awards
No thumbnail available

Watch: Orlando Bloom kisses David Walliams on Comic Relief

'There was quite a strong taste of kebab that was a bit off putting'