Former Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos urged Australians to vote “No” in an ongoing plebiscite on marriage equality, even despite having married his longtime partner just weeks ago.
The 33-year-old told Australia’s Daily Mail in a recent interview that his “gut” would be to “vote against” same-sex marriage, citing his religious beliefs.
“I’m gay and a Catholic,” the alt-right troll said. “The highest priority for me is making sure no church, no believer anywhere, is required to violate their religious conscience. I think those things can co-exist perfectly peacefully. I think the state probably should recognise a gay couple who want to commit to one another.”
“But the paramount consideration is not those gay couples,” he continued. “It is religious freedoms.”
Born Milo Hanrahan, Yiannopoulos came to dubious prominence last year after leading a racist harassment campaign against Ghostbusters actress Leslie Jones on Twitter. His followers sent Jones pictures of gorillas and doctored nude photos of herself, for which Yiannopoulos would subsequently be banned from the platform.
The alt-right troll, never a stranger to cognitive dissonance, posted Instagram photos of himself marrying a black man in a private ceremony in Hawaii last month. His husband, whose face isn’t seen in the wedding pictures, has been referred to as “John.”
Nevertheless, Yiannopoulos told the Daily Mail that his own same-sex marriage is “warfare via legislation designed to punish conservatives and people of faith.”
He also complained that marriage equality is ruining gay culture.
“One of the few advantages of being gay was that you could tumble out of a nightclub at 1 am on a Tuesday and no one could have a go at you for it,” Yiannopoulos continued. “But if we’re buying into these institutions like marriage, I worry that there will be a deadening effect on gay culture.”
These are hardly the first controversial remarks from the former Breitbart editor, who was let go from his position in 2016 after old comments defending pedophilia resurfaced. Yiannopoulos has called feminism a “cancer” and claimed that lesbians fake hate crimes.
He has also referred to Islam as “AIDS.”
Following the publication of his underperforming book, Dangerous, Yiannopoulos is set to embark on a tour of college campuses in Australia this December. The country is currently holding a non-binding vote on same-sex marriage, one that will advise parliament whether to introduce legislation legalizing marriage equality. The “Yes” campaign has been leading in early voting by a wide margin.
Meanwhile, July reports indicate Dangerous sold just over 10,000 copies, a fraction of what Yiannopoulos has claimed.