GAY rights activists are “concerned” that Michael McCormack is on the cusp of becoming Deputy Prime Minister but they’re willing to accept he no longer holds the homophobic views he expressed more than 20 years ago. Mr McCormack is set to replace Barnaby Joyce as Nationals leader when the party room votes on the issue in Canberra on Monday morning after his main opponent David Littleproud withdrew from the race late last night. The Veterans’ Affairs minister has been forced to apologise throughout his career for a country newspaper editorial he penned in 1993 describing homosexuals as “sordid” and blaming them for AIDS. just.equal spokesman Rodney Croome says many LGBTI Australians are “justifiably concerned” about Mr McCormack potentially becoming Deputy PM.
February 26 / News.com.au