Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull spoke out on The Em Rusciano Radio Show With Harley Breen to declare that he supports same-sex marriage.
Em asked the Prime Minister about some of the hurtful comments that have been made by people who are against marriage equality.
“We’re in a democracy, and in any democratic debate people will often say things that are hurtful and unfair and cruel but that is part of a debate. The only way to stop people from saying things that you find hurtful is to shut down free speech,” Mr Turnbull said.
Em asked Mr Turnbull if he found the comments personally hurtful, and he made his position on marriage equality clear.
“What I would say to you Em is if you have friends who are really distressed by this sort of language, stand up for them and put your arms around them,” Mr Turnbull said.
“And what I want to say to you as your Prime Minister, that Lucy and I will be voting yes in the postal vote.
“Lucy and I have been long supporters of same sex marriage. I do not think that if a gay couple who are living together gets married, that doesn’t threaten my marriage to Lucy which is nearly thirty-eight years.
“I’ll tell you, the threats to marriage are not gay people getting married, the threats are desertion, cruelty, neglect, abandonment, indifference. Those are the threats.”
Catch up with Em and Harley and listen to their full chat with Malcolm Turnbull on the podcast.
If you’re not registered for the upcoming Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey, you have until 24 August 2017 to enrol! You can do that right here.