OPINION: Hogan's 'evolved' marriage stance not so surprising
KEVIN Hogan's change of heart on the subject of same-sex marriage is a surprise but not a shock.
It's a surprise because his view when he spoke to The Daily Examiner a couple of weeks ago was to let the people vote in some form of plebiscite on the issue.
Even if there was a groundswell of opinion in favour of legalising gay unions, Mr Hogan could have safely stuck with that view and not seemed too far out of step.
Yet, without much change in the nature of the debate - although the move by two other Nationals MPs to back same-sex marriage is highly significant - his viewpoint has moved to be in favour of a potential cross-party equality bill, as long as churches have the right to say no to conducting such ceremonies.
The fact his view has 'evolved' doesn't shock me, however, because it is in line with the stances he has taken during his time in public life.
Mr Hogan is a long way from some of his far right-leaning colleagues in the Nationals and has shown he is prepared to move away from the party line if that's where his opinion takes him.