Australian politician Bob Katter believes being gay is just a ‘fashion trend‘.
On the campaign trail for the impending upcoming federal election, a reporter asked about the Queensland Member of Parliament’s personal awareness of same-sex marriages. The question comes about after Katter previously said there are no gay people in his electorate.
He responded it’s become ‘popular’ to be gay these days.
73-year-old Katter said: ‘In my whole life up to 50, I had never seen or heard of a homosexual person.’
This is despite Katter’s own brother Carl coming out as gay when he was just 18 years old.
Katter then added: ‘Now it’s fashionable, it’s just like a fashion trend — tomorrow there’ll be another fashion.’
‘I just don’t want to waste any time on it,’ he said.
Bob Katter’s anti-gay stances
During the campaign for marriage equality in Australia at the end of 2017, Katter made some controversial statements against same-sex marriage.
But one viral video interview caught the world’s attention, when he said he’s more worried about people dying from crocodiles than marriage equality.
He said: ‘I mean, y’know, people are entitled to their sexual proclivities. Let there be a thousand blossoms bloom, as far as I’m concerned,’ in a light hearted way.
Then suddenly his face changed into one of disgust and he urged Australians to think of bigger issues at hand.
‘But I ain’t spendin’ any time on it, because in the mean time, every three months, a person is torn to pieces by a crocodile in North Queensland.’
— Insiders ABC (@InsidersABC) November 18, 2017
Bob Katter is a former member of the National Party until 2001, before he left to start his own party – Katter’s Australian Party.
Tess Corbett said at the time: ‘Pedophiles will be next in line to be recognized in the same way as gays and lesbians and get rights.’
She then added: ‘I don’t want gays, lesbians to be working in my kindergarten.’