“All the arguments that I was going to make were kind of detached, I was going to say it is important for the LGBT community that gay couples should have their relationships recognised and that wouldn’t be entirely honest. What I wanted to say is that I would like the referendum to be passed because I would like to be an equal citizen in my own country, the country in which I happen to be a member of Government, and at the moment I’m not.
“I’m not going to be leading the campaign or anything, that’s for other people to do but any time I’m asked, I want to be able to answer the question honestly,” he said.
“I am now the Minister for Health and there are decisions coming up that are not entirely my own but I will be involved in them. We have legislation coming forward this year about surrogacy and also a decision has to be made on whether we lift or relax the ban on gay and bisexual men donating blood.
“I want people to know that whenever decisions are made on any issue, I will make them according to what I believe is in the public interest and my own conscience. I won’t be allowing my own background or my own sexual orientation to dictate the decisions I make,” he added.
While recent polls have shown support of 80% of the population for the same-sex marriage, political cast doubt.