Leaders of Australia's largest political parties today announced that gay people do not go to hell for their sexual orientation.
The discussion has become prominent in the last days of an election campaign.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison is a Pentecost, and opposition leader Bill Shorten was a Catholic before converting to his wife's Anglican faith.
Previously, Morrison has been aware of his biblical beliefs about sexuality, against the same sex marriage. Shorten argued for it before a national vote in 2017, when the country legally recognized the same sex associations.
On Monday, journalists asked Morrison whether LGBT individuals are going to hell. He replied, "People's beliefs are people's beliefs. And you know I don't run for Pope. I'm driving to Prime Minister. And then you know theological issues you can leave at the seminar."
Abbreviation pounced on this statement says, "I can't believe that Prime Minister hasn't immediately said that gay people won't go to hell."
After Shorten, the prime minister challenged whether he believed homosexuals went to hell, Morrison called the line that questioned a "desperate, cheap shot". Still, he continued to say he didn't think homosexuals went to hell.
The issue has been the focus of Australia recently. It comes weeks after Australian rugby star Israel Folau was fired and found guilty of the country's rugby administration to use social media to say homosexuals needed to repent their sin.
Nine prominent Christian church leaders in the country wrote to both political candidates this week and asked for protection of religious beliefs and freedom of expression as pressure to support homosexuality increases in Australian society.
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Australia will have a national election on May 18.