In, “Gay marriage should be ridiculed, says Independent Bob Katter | Perth Now“, we’re given some of the rationale from Bob Katter and Barnaby Joyce as to why same-sex marriage shouldn’t be allowed. First from Barnaby Joyce:
Nationals Senate leader Barnaby Joyce said his four daughters would be affected if same sex marriage was allowed.
“We know that the best protection for those girls is that they get themselves into a secure relationship with a loving husband and I want that to happen for them.
“I don’t want any legislator to take that right away from me.”
I’ve heard stupid arguments before against gay marriage, but this is so stupid it’s not even really an argument. The only reasoning that can be intuited from this is that by allowing same sex marriage, suddenly all the heterosexual men in Australia are going to dry up, because they’re going to finally be able to unleash their secret desires for man on man action.
Hey Barnaby – trust me, we don’t find you that attractive. So if you have secret desires that lead you to this conclusion, make sure you wear a paper bag over your head if you go to a back room.
Next, we have Bob Katter, who falls back to the really sad old argument:
The Queensland MP harked back to a time when the word “gay” had a different meaning from that of today, describing it as one of the most beautiful words in the English language.
After quoting the poet Alexander Pope, Mr Katter said “nobody has the right to take that word off us.”
Funny, I had equally wanted to preserve the term “crazy as a shit sandwich”, but now Bob Katter has taken that away from me. Boo! Shame Bob, shame!
Honestly anyone who clings to a need to keep the English language stagnant as in arguing against gay rights really needs to pull their heads out of their arses and learn about the English language. I suggest they start with this book here. (In short, English is such a powerful language because it evolves, and assimilates, and adopts new meanings. If you want to rail against that, you fundamentally don’t understand the history of the language you’re speaking.)
Finally, we had Kevin Andrews MP (Liberal), who argued that in allowing gays and lesbians to get married:
“This is a destruction of marriage, not simply a redefinition”
It’s worth pointing out that Kevin Andrews is (from Wikipedia):
is an Adjunct Lecturer in Politics and in Marriage Education in the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family in Melbourne.
He’s also (see article here) spoken at institutes who argue homosexuality is a mental illness, and very deeply involved in a Catholic Laity Council.
Honestly, when will opponents to same-sex marriage actually get a sane, coherent speaker who can cogently argue the case against this?
Oh, that’s right, they can’t. Even the majority of Australian christians now support same-sex marriage. It’s time these relics from the past stopped living there and joined us in this bright new world:
Meanwhile, a new poll has found that 53 per cent of Christians in Australia believe same sex couples should be allowed to marry, while 41 per cent were opposed.
Batshit crazy and not even in agreement with the people they claim to support.