As the debate over whether to keep marriage traditional or recognize same-sex couples continues in Australia, some progressives have resorted to violence. On top of former PM Tony Abbott being recently assaulted for supporting traditional marriage, an Australian priest was spat on and cursed at this week for not going along with the progressive agenda.

According to LifeSiteNews, Father Morgan Batt was simply walking down Queen Street Mall when someone spat on him while screaming “f***ing no voter.” The action was clearly in reaction to him being a Catholic priest wearing his Roman collar.

“Smile and move on was all I could do,” Batt recounted on Facebook. “Let’s pray for healing. Australia(,) this is really not us.”

Father Batt is the vocations director for the Archdiocese of Brisbane, and is also the first Australian, and priest, to have climbed and then offered Mass at the highest peaks in Europe.

The fight to preserve marriage has been a tumultuous one in the land down under. LifeSiteNews profiled more:

A non-binding, optional postal survey on the definition of marriage is underway in Australia. The government says it will act based on the results of the survey.

A man who self-identifies as gay said in a recent video that there has been “bullying” and “absolutely vile comments” from the “Yes” campaign, and so he is voting “No.” A second man agrees in the video, posted on the Facebook page “Our Voice. Our Vote.”

Another video from the same page shows people flipping off and protesting an “It’s Okay to Vote No” rally.

The “Yes” campaign is backed by a number of large corporations, celebrities, and the Australian Football League.

The Coalition for Marriage is an umbrella “No” campaign focusing on sex education, children’s rights, and freedom of speech.

The Australian Conference of Catholic Bishops has urged the faithful to vote "No" on marriage redefinition.

Former Australian prime minister Tony Abbott was also recently given a violent butt to the head by a progressive who disagreed with his traditional marriage views. He had been in Tasmania lunching with pro-traditional marriage supporters when a critic hit him while returning to his hotel.

"I was walking from the Mercury office across that docks area, that beautiful docks area in Hobart, towards my hotel," Abbott said to Steve Price and Sky News host Andrew Bolt on Melbourne’s 3AW radio on Thursday.

"A fellow sung out at me 'Hey Tony!' I turned around, there was a chap wearing a Vote Yes badge. He says 'I wanna shake your hand'. I went over to shake his hand and then he headbutted me," Abbott continued. "Now he wasn’t very good at it I’ve gotta say, but he did make contact. The only damage was a very, very slightly swollen lip."