"Scott Morrison is getting a pasting on Twitter after saying in an interview that he could relate to the "hate speech" endured by the LGBTI community because he had been the target of a similar kind of vitriol for his conservative views on marriage.
In an interview on ABC's Radio National Breakfast program with Fran Kelly, he said some of the attacks on him were similar to what has been endured by Labor MP and prominent marriage equality advocate Penny Wong.
Here's how Morrison responded when Kelly asked about Wong’s concern that a plebiscite may have ramifications for the LGBTI community.
I respect Penny’s fears that she has raised. Equally, there are many who have a different view to Penny and to others over what should happen to same-sex marriage. I have a different view to that and people have strong religious views, they have also been subject to quite strong hate speech as well. It is not confined to one side of the debate. That said, I have a bigger view of the Australian people more broadly which says we can once and for all deal with this issue where everybody gets their say.
He said he understood Wong’s fears because he has personally experienced hatred and bigotry for his own views.
I know it from personal experience. I have been exposed to that sort of hatred and bigotry for the views I have taken from others who have a different view to me but I think the best way is for all of us to have a say on this, deal with it and move on."