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“It started out as a balanced discussion on whether the marriage equality campaign was distracting other issues facing the gay and lesbian community, but it ended with a comment that left the audience reeling.
When the Reverend Fred Nile tried to claim fellow Christians were being “persecuted by homosexuals’ on a special Q&A, he was booed by the audience and slated on social media.
The Christian Democractic Party MP said a number of business owners in the US and the UK who objected to proving a service for same-sex couples had lost their livelihoods as a result of being taken to court for discrimination.
He then went on to accuse the gay community of using the law to persecute those who felt it was against their religion to provide services.
“What worries me in some of the states in America where it has come in, and in the UK, the people who are now being persecuted are the Christians who don’t agree with same-sex marriage,” the Reverend told the audience.
“We had a cake manufacturer who said I won’t make a cake for a same-sex couple for their wedding. They took him to court. They forced the closure of his business.
“A marriage registrar who was a Christian said ‘I won’t register a same-sex marriage’. They took her to court and she lost her job.
“These people talk about being tolerant, homosexuals say let’s be tolerant, except when they get the power, they exercise the power. I have a number of friends now before the anti-discrimination tribunal who are being persecuted by homosexuals in this state.”
“They are. Don’t laugh. They are,” he added.
Earlier, transgender woman Julia Doulman, who was the star in the documentary Becoming Julia, said she was “over” debate surrounding same-sex marriage and called on Prime Minister Tony Abbott to “get on” with it so Australia could “get on with more important things”.
Ms Doulman was joined by gay rights activist and author Professor Dennis Altman, entertainer Paul Capsis, broadcaster and journalist Julie McCrossin, and Katherine Hudson, Founder, Wear it Purple on the special Q&A program which discussed the major issues facing the gay, lesbian and transgender community.
The show was held to coincide with the release of the documentary Between a Frock and a Hard Place which looked at the story behind the film The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert.
The Reverend’s view on gay and lesbian sex and gay parents also set social media on fire with many in shock over some of his comments.”