Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s godson Sean Foster was beaten in an alleged assault after standing up for marriage equality in Brisbane.
Said Rudd in a post to Instagram: “So many warnings to Turnbull about what this postal vote could unleash. Now my godson Sean has been punched while sitting at his bus stop, for objecting when a man began ripping down rainbow banners and hurling verbal abuse. #voteyes#MarriageEquality #bravekid”
He said the teenager had been assaulted for “standing up for marriage equality”. Australia is currently debating legalising same-sex marriage.
Police said a man had been charged with assault and public nuisance offences.
Mr Rudd claimed Sean had been attacked at a bus stop “for objecting when a man began ripping down rainbow banners and hurling verbal abuse”.
Police said the alleged attack happened in Brisbane on Tuesday and a 48-year-old man will face a court hearing next month.
Australians began casting votes this week in a non-binding postal survey on whether to legalise same-sex marriage.