Jack Black offered his incisive opinion on Tony Abbott’s continued opposition to same sex marriage, suggesting the Australian Prime Minister might be "a bit of a nutter”.
The comedian weighed in on the issue of marriage equality, “the movement of the world”, as Mr Abbott continued to oppose a free vote for politicians on the issue despite receiving criticism on his stance from within his own party.
Black, who was invited on the 2Day Hit 104.1 show to promote his new show The Brink, was asked for his view on Mr Abbot’s resistance to marriage equality even after the US and Ireland legalised same-sex unions.
LGBT rights across the globe
LGBT rights across the globe
Russia’s antipathy towards homosexuality has been well established following the efforts of human rights campaigners. However, while it is legal to be homosexual, LGBT couples are offered no protections from discrimination. They are also actively discriminated against by a 2013 law criminalising LGBT “propaganda” allowing the arrest of numerous Russian LGBT activists. (Picture: Riot police hold an LGBT activist during a Moscow rall.)
Men who are found having sex with other men face stoning, while lesbians can be imprisoned, under Sharia law. However, the state has not reportedly executed anyone for this ‘crime’ since 1987. (Picture: Chinguetti Mosque, Mauritania.)
3/7 Saudi Arabia
Homosexuality and transgender is illegal and punishable by the death penalty, imprisonment, corporal punishment, whipping and chemical castration. (Picture: The emblem of Saudi Arabia above the embassy in London.)
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The official position within the country is that there are no gays. LGBT inviduals, if discovered by the government, are likely to face intense pressure. Punishments range from flogging to the death penalty. (Picture: Yemen's southern port of Aden.)
Both male and female same-sex sexual activity is illegal and in some northern states punishable with death by stoning. This is not a policy enacted across the entire country, although there is a prevalent anti-LGBT agenda pushed by the government. In 2007 a Pew survey established that 97 per cent of the population felt that homosexuality should not be accepted. It is publishable by 14 years in prison. (Picture: The northern Nigerian town of Damasak.)
Homosexuality was established as a crime in 1888 and under new Somali Penal Code established in 1973 homosexual sex can be punishable by three years in prison. (Picture: Families use a boat to cross a flooded Shebelle River, in Jowhar.)
Although same-sex relationships have been decriminalised, much of the population still suffer from intense discrimination. Additionally, in some of the country over-run by the extremist organisation Isis, LGBT individuals can face death by stoning. (Picture: Purported Isis fighters in Iraq.)
"I personally think the guy's living in the stone ages,” Black said. “He’s not seeing the writing on the wall. The movement of the world is headed towards equality for all people, all sexual preferences. Come on, we are all the same in the end. "
He later added: "Yeah, he sounds like a bit of a nutter."
Australia’s ruling coalition voted by a margin of 66 to 33 to make MPs vote against gay marriage, with any frontbenchers who defy the agreed position threatened with dismissal. The move quashed Australia's Liberal MP Warren Entsch 's plans to introduce a private-members bill to legalise same-sex marriage in the country on Monday.
Black isn't the first famous name to pressure Mr Abbott on his stance, with Cara Delevingne telling him to “listen to the world” on the debate in June.Reuse content