Opposition to gay marriage – same old pathetic excuses

MEDIA RELEASE: Election 2010: Saturday, 14th August 2010

Opposition to gay marriage – same old pathetic excuses

Bigoted comments by right-wing Christians simply add credibility to the campaign being waged for same-sex marriage say the Australian Democrats.

The Australian Democrats’ lead candidate in the ACT, Darren Churchill, says that he will be proud to be attending the Same Sex Marriage protest rally in Petrie Plaza today and making a stand against their zealotry.

“It seems that every day we hear the shrill statements of one or another of these fundamentalists. Earlier in the week the lead Family First candidate in Queensland immortalised herself by claiming that legitimising gay marriage is like legalising child abuse.

“By Thursday we heard the blatant arrogance of the Australian Family Association saying that the Federal Government should provide cash bonuses to people who get married, but that should never apply to same sex couples.

“Contrary to what these scared people believe, the world would not fall apart if the Marriage Act allowed for legal same-sex marriage. It has happened without calamity in various places around the world and the Democrats have previously introduced legislation to this end.

“Unfortunately the leaders of these fundamentalist groups excel in the politics of hatred and fear.

“But examine the claims they make such as homosexuality being a lifestyle choice and it becomes very clear that they are misleading.

“Why would someone choose to be vilified, abused, insulted and assaulted as a lifestyle choice?

“Same sex attracted people are fully-fledged human beings, and not a sub-class. They deserve the same rights and respect as every other human being, and to be judged on their merits, such as their human-kindness, just as the Christian bigots should be,” said Mr Churchill.

Further comment:

Darren Churchill

Australian Democrats Senate candidate for the ACT

Tel: 0412 196 473

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