Australian Christian Lobby head Lyle Shelton is leaving the organisation for a tilt at politics, promising to fight the “Green rainbow left”.

After spending last year in the headlines due to his opposition of marriage equality, Shelton has announced he wants to take his “Christian influence” to the political world, The Sydney Morning Herald has reported.

“Last year during the marriage campaign, I felt very much drawn to the political side of things for the partisan side of politics. With that in mind… I’ve decided to make a big step to move back to my home state of Queensland,” Shelton said.

“I do believe that politics needs Christian influence from the inside and political parties need good people from the inside.

“I want everyone to be very clear that I’m not leaving the battle for the values that you and I hold dear, just simply going to a different part of the battlefield.”

Shelton has stepped down as head of the Australian Christian Lobby to stand for the Senate as part of Cory Bernardi’s Australian Conservatives party.

He will be up against other right-wing candidates in Queensland, including the One Nation party.

So vocally anti-LGBTI was Shelton during the marriage equality debate that when the result was announced, Australians flocked to social media to tell him in no uncertain terms that he had lost.

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