The Rev Fred Nile MLC is fuming at the state Liberal National Coalition after it pledged to fund the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras if elected, and to work with New Mardi Gras to make the event a bigger drawcard for tourists.

At the recent Christian Democratic Party (CDP) protest against the Mardi Gras parade, Nile railed against the current level of support for Mardi Gras under Labor. He told protesters that if Premier Kristina Keneally’s Government lost office on March 26, it would be “the judgement of God on them for endorsing and promoting these immoral activities in our city”.

But in an exclusive interview with the Star Observer, Nile said he was even more unhappy with Opposition leader Barry O’Farrell’s pledge of support.

“I’m very disappointed that Barry O’Farrell has made that commitment,” Nile said. “There was no need for him to do that prior to the election.”

He said the CDP was having to rethink where they would tell supporters to direct preferences as a result.

“It’s making us reconsider how we can support Barry O’Farrell,” Nile said.

“He’s come out even more enthusiastically for the Mardi Gras parade than the Labor Party. He said he’s going to increase the funding for it as well.

“He also disappointed us over the situation with the ethics classes.”

Nile said Australia needed “Godly government, led by the Holy Spirit”.

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