Bob Katter has performed a stunning backflip over his former opposition to gay marriage, today announcing a pro-gay marriage senate candidate in the ACT and publicly backing him to lead the battle inside his party for change.
Stephen Bailey was announced as the Katter’s Australian Party ACT senate candidate and wasted no time telling a Canberra radio station that he would ‘argue the case’ for gay marriage.
Bob Katter backed up the comments, saying that his party wanted all sorts of candidates and stating that Mr Bailey was an ‘exciting’ young representative.
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Suspended KAP member, Bernard Gaynor, says that the announcement marks the capitulation of Mr Katter’s tortuous opposition to gay marriage and may well destroy his party.
“What Bob doesn’t appreciate is that the members signed up to his party because he stood for something. That was economic and social family values – including his party’s firm stance that marriage was between a man and a woman.”
“His decision violates the core values of the party he founded and has already begun causing huge ructions. I’ve been informed numerous resignations have already occurred today over the party’s new direction.”
“The news that Bob Katter is now endorsing pro-gay marriage candidates and backing them to change the party’s position will cause bloodshed in every branch.”
“It’s ironic that I have been suspended from the party for supporting its core principles but an endorsed senate candidate is attacking those principles with the protection of Bob Katter.”
“It will be interesting to see how the Management Committee meeting next week deals with my suspension without tainting every member on it in the stench of hypocrisy.”
“One thing I know for sure, is that Bob Katter is sick of being questioned about gay marriage. His latest decision is unlikely to end the questioning any time soon.”
“Considering I sat next to him when he approved the party’s Queensland election campaign advertising, my advice is that he should relax, take a deep breath, and be honest for once about where he stands.”