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Video: Australian PM Tony Abbott tongue tied over gay marriage questions from high school students

Joseph McCormick March 15, 2014

Tony Abbott

The Prime Minister of Australia earlier this week perhaps regretted his decision to talk to a group of high school students in the grounds of Parliament House.

After agreeing to a Q&A session, Abbott was asked tough questions by the Year 9 students of Newtown High School of the Performing Arts.

The encounter was filmed and uploaded to YouTube by one of the students in the group.

One girl asked: “Why are you so against legalising gay marriage?” after which the crowd loudly cheered.

Abbott replied: “Well look, I’m not against people having a wonderful relationship, I’m all in favour of people having loving, permanent relationships, but I guess it’s a definitional thing.”

At which point another student interjected: “I have a lot of gay friends, and it’s sad to think that they can’t get married because they’re attracted to the same sex,” after which the crowd cheered again.

“I’m getting a clear message, alright… let’s have a bloke’s question,” Abbott said, moving the Q&A on away from those questions.

Not the first time Abbott has taken a grilling from a younger audience, a 4-year-old girl in January wrote a letter, asking him to “let boys marry boys and girls marry girls.”

Same-sex marriage was briefly legalised in Australian Capital Territory last year, but Australia’s high court overturned the decision just five days later.

Abbott remains an opponent of same-sex marriage, but polls have found up to 65% of Australians support it, with just 28% opposed.

Mr Abbott’s sister proposed to her lesbian partner last October, though Mr Abbott said that he “could never support the marriage”.

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