Australian anti-gay campaigner becomes a politician to stop ‘rainbow agenda’

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Lyle Shelton is a fierce opponent of LGBT rights, who has been a driving force against equality in his roles at the Australian Christian Lobby and the Coalition for Marriage. . He was one of the leaders of the ‘No’ campaign when Australians made a decision about whether marriage equality should be introduced in the country, opposed trans rights and anti-bullying lessons at schools. Shelton will reportedly be joining the Australian Conservatives, a fringe right-wing party set up by Cory Bernardi, another opponent of LGBT rights. In a ACL video, Shelton confirmed he would be “joining a political party with the aim of entering politics at the next federal election.” He said: “Last year during the marriage campaign, I felt very much drawn to the political side of things, to the partisan side of politics. With that in mind I’ve decided to make a big step to move back to my home state of Queensland.” Going on he noted: “I do believe that politics needs Christian influence from the inside and political parties need good people from the inside. I want everyone to be very clear that I’m not leaving the battle for the values that you and I hold dear, just simply going to a different part of the battlefield.”

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