Lyle Shelton has withdraw from the n Christian Lobby to chase a career in federal politics.High profile activist Lyle Shelton will join Cory Bernardi’s n Conservatives party after stepping down from the n Christian Lobby.
Mr Shelton, a key figure in the fight against same-sex marriage, announced on Saturday his resignation as managing director of the ACL to pursue a career in federal politics.
“Last year during the marriage campaign I felt very much drawn to the political side of things, to the partisan side of politics,” he said.
“I’m not leaving the battle for the values that you and I hold dear – just simply going to a different part of the battlefield.”
Mr Shelton will move from Canberra to his home state of Queensland to prepare for a tilt at the next federal election.
He did not say which party he would represent but sources say he will announce a new role with the n Conservatives at a community event in Toowoomba on Sunday.
Tasmanian Liberal Senator Eric Abetz wished Mr Shelton well in his pivot to politics.
“Lyle Shelton has been a strong and effective advocate for Judeo-Christian values during a period where it’s been unfashionable to be so,” Senator Abetz said.
“His steadfast defence of some of our most important institutions has been both inspiring and refreshing. All the best.”
Mr Shelton’s former chief of staff Martyn Iles will take over as managing director of the ACL.
“There’s never been more pressure on people of faith and on the church simply for living out our timeless convictions,” Mr Iles said.
“Therefore there’s never been a more crucial time in history in for the church and for Christian people to continue to engage with law and with politics and with culture.”