Controversial public figure, Milo Yiannopoulos, told Australians to vote no to same-sex marriage, just weeks after he married a man in Hawaii.
The alt-right poster boy has been doing promotional media interviews ahead of his national tour to Australia next month.
Yiannopoulos was asked how he would vote in the country’s postal survey on marriage equality. He replied saying he would probably vote ‘no’.
‘My gut would be to vote against it,’ he told Daily Mail Australia.
‘I’m gay and a Catholic. The highest priority for me is making sure no church, no believer anywhere, is required to violate their religious conscience.’
‘I think those things can co-exist perfectly peacefully. I think the state probably should recognise a gay couple who want to commit to one another.
‘But the paramount consideration is not those gay couples – it is religious freedom.’
If the majority of Australians vote in favour of same-sex marriage, it is expected conservative politicians will push for greater religious freedoms to be included in legislation on the issue.
His Bill would allow two people of any gender to marry. But Ministers of religion would be able to refuse to perform weddings, provided they comply with anti-discrimination laws.
Businesses, non-religious organizations and civil marriage celebrants would not be able to refuse service to same-sex couples.
Marriage will ruin gay culture
Yiannopoulos also argued that marriage would have a negative effect on gay culture.
‘One of the few advantages of being gay was that you could tumble out of a nightclub at 1am on a Tuesday and no one could have a go at you for it,’ he told the Daily Mail.
‘But if we’re buying into these institutions like marriage, I worry that there will be a deadening effect on gay culture.
‘So my instinct would be to vote against it and to look at some kind of proposed law that people could read and think about.’
Yiannopoulos married his long-term partner John in Hawaii earlier this month.