Scott Morrison, the Australian treasurer who on Friday became his country’s newest prime minister, is reported to be an evangelical Christian who voted against gay marriage.
Morrison won an internal ballot, 45-40, in the Liberal party, forcing moderate Malcolm Turnbull out amid political turmoil in the country. He attends Horizon Church, a Pentecostal megachurch in Sutherland, and lists “church” as one of his interests.
Nick Bryant, a journalist and expert on Australian politics, told CNN that Morrison met his future wife, Jenny, at church when he was 12 years old. Their current church is said to have close ties to the famous Hillsong megachurch.
Notably, Morrison voted against legalizing same-sex marriage in parliament in 2017, despite a national postal survey in November where 61.6 percent of citizens agreed with changing the definition of marriage.
The politician has also vowed to back a new “religious protections” bill to support churches that don’t want to offer gay weddings, which is something Christian groups have been calling for since gay marriage was legalized late last year.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Stoyan Zaimov