Australian minister apologises for his comments about gay marriage

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An Australian Minister who said that same-sex marriage would happen “soon” has apologised for the comments which caused scandals in the party of his own. Christopher Pyne said that marriage equality is to be legalized ‘sooner than anyone thinks’. But Malcolm Turnbull was not going to step away from plebiscite. Since the comments, made to Liberal colleagues, Pyne has faced calls to step down and Turbull has been urged to drop him as Leader of the House. Now Pyne apologizes saying that remarks were ill-chosen, unwise, damaging and unhelpful. He added: “The truth is, Malcolm Turnbull runs a tight-knit, traditional cabinet government that is inclusive of all strands of thought across the party.” Front bench colleagues of Pyne’s, Treasurer Scott Morrison and Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion have laughed off assertions that Pyne should be sacked. Turnbull has also dismissed suggestions that there is infighting within his party, saying it is “the media’s fascination with personalities”.

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