From the ABC's Hungry Beast (2009): "If more than half of all Australians support same sex marriage, you'd at least assume that gay people would be in favour of it, right? Monique [Schafter] found out this isn't always the case. She spoke to a selection of gay people opposed to same sex marriage to find out why they held this view."
But Monique isn't alone, and for the record, I sincerely doubt that most Australians believe in "gay marriage," although I do accept that some polls are laughably unscientific.
Below are some don't-hide-them questions:
Who is seeking approval?
Eve Tushnet, a self-identified lesbian, holds the position that "homosexual activists are merely picking up on a trend begun by and for opposite-sex couples." In her view:
Same-sex marriage is just the next step in the divorce culture. The belief that marriage is merely the way that our culture expresses its approval of atomistic adults' sexual and romantic partnerships isn't new - it's the same "me generation" worldview that produced "fatherless America."
It is my contention that some leftwing homosexual activists are hungry for approval, and that they're consciously or subconsciously trying to mirror traditions.
Approval-hungry homosexual activists who "speak" for the "gay community" like the feeling of dressing up, making vows, and pretending that redefining the "m" word will make them sanctified citizens. Though apparently astute in the art of public relations, many are easily tripped up when confronted with facts. And perhaps, some of them are trying to create "happy family" experiences because of their own wounded backgrounds.
Critical thinkers, like Tushnet, by way of contrast, see the dangers in trend-picking causes or romantic imagery traps. One can't simply manufacture or "lawyer" in an institution that grew out of complex ancient heterosexual/religious customs, without inviting problems.
Who is for tolerance?
"Labor Senator and Climate Change Minister Penny Wong is openly gay and she also opposes same sex marriage," reports SBS World News Australia. But - preach the gay activists - this is an unacceptable position.
Indeed, the fact that Wong's sexuality and her opposition to same-sex marriage received a mention in the same sentence is most revealing. It would make more political sense to ask why the climate change guru travels on pollution-making planes and believes in "global warming," than to highlight her sexual preferences.
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