Katy Perry earned yet another stripe as an LGBT ally this week, telling conservative Australian politician Tony Abbott during a radio interview that she “doesn’t agree with” his opposition to same-sex marriage, and wouldn’t give him a vote in the country’s upcoming election.
The comments came after Abbott voluntarily phoned Sydney’s 2DayFM with a “big question.” Once on air with Perry, he announced that his daughters were huge fans, and wanted to know when she would return to Australia for another world tour.
But Perry didn’t let him get off pandering for votes so easily. “Oh come on, that’s not a political question,” she said. “Let’s talk about gay marriage.
Same-sex marriage has become a hot topic ahead of the country’s September 7 elections. Abbott’s opposition, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, has vowed to introduce legislation to legalize same-sex marriage if reelected, and hopes are high in the wake of the newly appointed US Ambassador to Australia’s promise to help do the same.
“I love you as a human being but I can’t give you my vote,” Perry said. “I just don’t believe in your policies so that’s what a lot of people should be doing.”
Abbott, whose own sister is a lesbian, was later questioned by reporters about the conversation, chalking it up to a “respectful disagreement.” Though he previously called the potential legalization of same-sex marriage a “radical change based on the fashion of the movement,” he later called it a “very significant issue.”
His daughters are now jealous, as he plans to have lunch with Katy Perry next year. Hopefully she’ll do this.