Australian Christian Lobby managing director Jim Wallace has apologised for comments made this morning on Twitter claiming Australian soldiers did not “fight and die for gay marriage.”
The retired SAS Brigadier told the Herald Sun he apologised f
or the comments, which caused outrage on social media platform.
“Just hope that as we remember Servicemen and women today we remember the Australia they fought for – wasn’t gay marriage and Islamic!” Wallace wrote on his Twitter account.
Following wide condemnation, Wallace later tweeted an apology saying Anzac Day was the “wrong context” to raise the issues.
“Ok you are right my apologies this was the wrong context to raise these issues. ANZACs mean to (sic) much to me to demean this day, not intended,” he tweeted.
Australian Marriage Equality national convener Alex Greenwich said Wallace should not have chosen a day like Anzac day “to perpetuate division.”
“ANZAC Day is about the values that unite us as Australians like respect, freedom and a fair go, and it should not be used to set Australians against each other,” he said.
Vietnam veteran Geoff Thomas – who appeared on the ABC’s Q&A program last year challenging Opposition Leader Tony Abbott’s stance on gay marriage – said he objected to Wallace’s comments.
“Those Australian soldiers who go out on patrol in Afghanistan tonight are not doing it for the Christian Lobby, they’re doing it in the name of freedom,” Thomas said.
“Our soldiers fight for the freedom for all Australians, regardless of creed, colour, sexuality or background.”
Gay and lesbian defence personnel have been able to served openly in the Australian defence forces since 1992.