Katy Perry hammers Abbott on gay marriage
Pop star Katy Perry challenges opposition leader Tony Abbott over gay marriage on The Kyle and Jackie O Show.PT2M37S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2rxsf 620 349 August 15, 2013
Pop Singer Katy Perry has told Opposition Leader Tony Abbott she wouldn't vote for him because of his stance on gay marriage.
"I love you as a human being but I can't give you my vote," Perry told Mr Abbott on Sydney's 2DayFM, after being informed he opposed same-sex marriage.
Mr Abbott was one of a number of Aussie "celebrities" given the chance to ask the US pop star a question on Thursday.
Katy Perry: grilled Tony Abbott over gay marriage. Photo: MTV
He said his "big question" was when would the 28-year-old singer again tour Australia.
"When are you coming back [to Australia]? We need you, we want you," Mr Abbott enthused.
Perry, who rose to fame with her hit I Kissed a Girl, was keener to discuss coalition policy than her music.
"Oh come on, that's not a political question, let's talk about gay marriage," she retorted.
"Now you're interviewing me, Katy," a surprised Mr Abbott replied.
Perry urged voters to speak out against Mr Abbott's stance on gay marriage.
"I said 'hey, I like you as a human being I just don't believe in your policies so that's what a lot of people should be doing'," she told radio host Jackie O, after the chat with Mr Abbott.
"I'm sure he's still a fan, Katy, even though you gave it to him," Jackie O reassured her.
The coalition supports the standard definition of marriage as between a man and a woman, and opposes changing the Marriage Act.
Labor says it would allow MPs a conscience vote on the issue if it wins the election on September 7.