A little earlier today, One Nation Senator Pauline Hanson said she believed a same-sex marriage plebiscite wouldn’t encourage hate speech against the LGBTI+ community, and that concerns it would have been blown way out of proportion. We could infer as much, really.
The pressing thing is she said that on Melbourne’s JOY 94.9, a community broadcaster focused on the gay and lesbian community – and just last week, JOY had to evacuate its studios after receiving a threat via email.
When asked by a host if her party’s goal of bringing about “the necessary changes for fair and equal treatment of all Australians” included giving straight and LGBTI+ Aussies the same marriage rights, Hanson said “I’ve come from a time when there was no discussion about gay marriage or gays and lesbians living together, or whatever… but the gays and lesbians are now wanting to change my way of thinking, because they want to now take out the concept of marriage.
To me marriage was between a man and a woman. Now you’re wanting to change it.”
“If you feel so strongly about it, I’m sure you can move to that country and then you can have that marriage.”