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Man charged with punching Kevin Rudd's godson in same-sex marriage row

Man charged with punching Kevin Rudd's godson in same-sex marriage row”

A man who allegedly punched former prime minister Kevin Rudd's godson during an argument about same-sex marriage has been charged with assault.

A 48-year-old man has been charged with assault over the attack at a Brisbane bus stop on Tuesday.

The accused Murrarie man is scheduled to face those charges at Brisbane Magistrate's Court next month.

Rudd tweeted on Wednesday afternoon that his 19-year-old godson, Sean, had "been punched while standing up for marriage equality" and shared a photo of a young man with a wound on his forehead and blood running down his face.

The alleged assault occurred on the same day rainbow flags were ripped down from a roundabout on the same street. The man reportedly then asked if Sean had called him a homophobe and when the 19-year-old responded that he had, the man hit him.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has defended the right of a Presbyterian minister to refuse to marry a heterosexual couple who posted their support of same-sex marriage on Facebook.

Critics of the postal survey on marriage equality have long voiced serious concerns over the likelihood of homophobes feeling emboldened to abuse LGBTIQ Australians.



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