Kevin Rudd's godson attacked for 'standing up for marriage equality'

Published: 14 September 2017 Image credit: Instagram

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The godson of former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has allegedly been punched and verbally abused by a man removing banners and flags supporting same-sex marriage.

Mr Rudd took to social media to post a photo of 19-year-old Sean Foster’s bloodied face, allegedly taken after the altercation with the man.

“So many warnings to Turnbull about what the postal vote [could] unleash. Now my godson Sean has been punched standing up for #MarriageEquality,” he wrote.

Sharing the photo again to Instagram, Mr Rudd claimed Mr Foster was attacked for objecting when the man allegedly ripped down flags supporting same-sex marriage.

“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,” he wrote.

Queensland Police confirmed a 19-year-old was punched in the head by an older man yelling obscenities at a bus stop near Oxford Street in the suburb of Bulimba on Tuesday morning.

The alleged attacker is yet to be identified, and is described as Caucasian with grey hair, a stubbly grey beard and about 185 cm tall.

Bulimba 4 Marriage Equality, a pro-same-sex marriage group active in the area, said on Facebook that its flags had been ripped down on Oxford Street.

“As you know, our rainbow flags were ripped down from the Oxford St roundabout, but much worse, we just found out that a young local man was assaulted when confronting the perpetrator pulling down the flags,” the group wrote.

Police are continuing their investigations.