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Marriage Equality Debate: Anti-Marriage Equality Rally Held in Canberra

In Politics: Marriage Equality on August 16, 2011 by mjwill91

I think by now we are all aware of Bob Katter’s comment that he’d “walk backwards from Bourke if the poof population of North Queensland is any more than 0.001 per cent” (at this time he was unaware of the gay couple who owned the local bakery, less than 100m walk from his electorate office… what a dedicated local member he is *rolls eyes*). Whilst we all (gay, bisexual straight or other) might get a chuckle out of the apparent willful ignorance of relics of the past like Bob Katter, behind his “old man political incorrectness” lies an irrational & borderline illegal hatred and discrimination of homosexual Australians made all the more concerning by the fact that he is seemingly not alone in Parliament.

So much potential for ridicule in this picture... the hat, hand on the hip, tight pants, phallic fruit...

Whilst many of you were focussed on the frankly hilarious (for all the wrong reasons) No Carbon Tax Rally, otherwise known as the “Shady Pines Retirement Home bi-annual trip to the Canberra”, not enough of us were focussing on a FAR more insidious rally- the anti-Marriage Equality rally.

Australia is quickly beginning to look like the social backwater of the western world, discounting the flaming (in the “literally on fire” sense) cesspit that is the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Why? Our outdated views on marriage equality at a federal level. When a country of such overwhelming religious zealotry such as the United States can pass marriage equality laws in multiple states, the question is: why can’t we?

Katter railing at the audience..

Katter, more-so than the other MPs who spoke drifted into the realm of “hatespeak”, toeing the line of what is legally acceptable to say in public. His comments that “this proposition [gay marriage] deserves to be laughed at and ridiculed. It doesn’t deserve any serious treatment”  and that the word “gay” was once a “beautiful word” that had been “stolen” by homosexuals (there’s quite substantial evidence that the term “gay” was first associated with homosexuality in the 1920s BY “heterosexual society”- so we didn’t “steal” it) border on what is generally accepted as “hatespeak” as defined by several separate pieces of both Federal and State anti-discrimination legislation. In several jurisdictions around the country, anti-hatespeak legislation is designed to give redress when a person is victimised on account of colour, ethnic origin, religion, disability or sexual orientation. Katter’s vitriol is only slightly less offensive than the bile spewed by the Westboro Baptist Church, an American group who have been barred from entry to our country due to them being a “hate group”.

Liberal MP and runner-up in the SuperNova 2011 “Borg Look-a-like” contest Kevin Andrews’ opinion re: marriage equality is as equally unsurprising as Katter’s with Andrews stating that “this is a destruction of marriage, not simply a redefinition” 

Barnaby trying out "1940s fascist dictator chic"

Leader of the Nationals in the Senate Barnaby Joyce stated that he “feared” for the future of his four daughters if same sex marriage was allowed, saying “we know that the best protection for those girls is that they get into a secure relationship with a loving husband and I want that to happen to them, I don’t want any legislator to take that right away from me” Firstly- is Barnaby suggesting that if men could marry other men that there would be no men left willing to marry his daughters… hmmm…. if they are anything like their dimwitted father I can see how that might be a possibility. Secondly- what Barnaby is talking about is the protection of his rights. THis totally boils down to rights… rights that Barnaby feels would be jeopardised by giving everyone in society the same rights… hmm… ok then…

Despite the protests of relics like Bob Katter MP, Kevin Andrews MP, Barnaby Joyce MP and John Murphy MP that allowing gay people to marry will not only weaken the institution (if anything- allowing anyone who is in love to declare that love publicly through marriage would STRENGTHEN the currently faltering institution) but is also an “affront” to a Judaeo-Christian sky-deity (sorry Katter/Kevin/John, in Australia, marriage is actually a legally recognised institution controlled by the Marriage Act 1961, an Act of Federal Parliament which governs and legally defines marriage in Australia- made possibly by s51 [xxi] of the Australian Constitution), it seems that in some respects they are being left behind by an increasingly socially accepting and liberal society….

All State Labor parties (bar NSW) have backed marriage equality. The approval rate for marriage equality is close to 70% given most recent polls. Surprisingly, poll results released today have shown that even amongst Christians (the historical enemy of marriage equality) 53% of those polled believe same sex couples should be allowed to marry- so perhaps it’s only a matter of time, or rather: a matter of political convenience.

– Matt. @mjwill90

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5 Responses to “Marriage Equality Debate: Anti-Marriage Equality Rally Held in Canberra”

  1. What can we do As a mother of three Grandmother of five to leave this life one day with this dreadful attitude to gay people My Great Uncle lived his life in shame because he was gay Luckely he was on the stage & was more tolerated in secret
    Surely its time to stop this subdefuge
    Would like to think my grandkids or greatgrandkids could be themselves
    Thanks for article
    Maureen

  2. Bob Katter (bless his cotton socks) is a phallic old fruit.

  3. […] story was originally published in Matt Williams blog ‘Standpoint’ on August 16, 2011 and has been republished with […]

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