Sky News reports…
“The Anglican priest who implored Bill Shorten not to refer to opponents of same-sex marriage as ‘haters’ has previously compared homosexuality to sex with animals and pedophilia.
The Reverend Ian Powell has also written on his Facebook page that he fears legalising same-sex marriage will open the floodgates to polygamy.
Mr Powell accosted Mr Shorten as the opposition leader left a parliamentary church service in Canberra on Monday, over a comment he made about opponents to same-sex marriage after the Orlando nightclub shooting.
He asked Mr Shorten to better contribute to a respectful debate surrounding the issue.
‘You made a comment a few months ago that I found disappointing,’ he said.
‘You described people who weren’t in favour of changing the definition of marriage as haters who come out from rocks.’
‘Can I ask you not to speak like that…so we can have a civil and tolerant discussion.’
The Labor leader did not resile from his position, saying he never claimed opponents of marriage equality are bigots.
‘If you’re going to quote me, quote me accurately,’ Mr Shorten said.
‘People of faith who can be opposed to marriage equality do have homophobic attitudes.’