Australia’s new deputy PM says that he regrets so much about his past homophobia that even wants to host a gay wedding

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Australia’s new deputy Prime Minister has said he will host a gay relative’s wedding to show that he does not hold the same views which he used to express in his columns a few years ago. Michael McCormack, appointed as deputy PM last week, penned homophobic editorials while editor of the Daily Advertiser newspaper in the 1990s where he repeatedly called homosexuality unnatural and claimed that gay people had come to destroy humanity. In a fresh apology for the controversial comments, McCormack said he would be happy to attend a gay relative’s wedding and would be deeply honored to officiate it.A spokesperson for the Just.equal campaigning group welcomed McCormack’s previous apologies but said that he also needed to “walk the walk.” “He needs to get behind initiatives that will reduce the unacceptably high levels of LGBTI isolation, prejudice and suicide that still exist in some parts of rural Australia,” the group’s spokesperson Rodney Croome told the AAP.

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