Liberal MPs Say The Darnedest Things. In today’s episode, Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi has been making headlines for attacking the push toward marriage equality, arguing that allowing same-sex marriage will be a gateway to accepting even ‘creepier’ sexual predilections like bestiality – welcome news for this Toowoomba fellow.
Bernardi said, ”[Same-sex marriage] is another chip in the fabric of our social mores… ‘The time has come to ask, when will it end? If we are prepared to redefine marriage … what is the next step?”
”The next step … is having three people that love each other should be able to enter into a permanent union endorsed by society, or four people.” He said, “There are even some creepy people out there, who say that it’s OK to have consensual sexual relations between humans and animals. Will that be a future step?”
What the Senator is suggesting is that Marriage Equality is one heck of a slippery slope. Like suffrage. First they let women have jobs. Then they wanted an education. And the right to vote. And own property. And join unions. And not get raped. And on and on and on. Mr Bernardi’s alarmist attitude probably stems from this type of snowballing progress juggernaut. Who knows what kind of creeps will emerge from the woodwork once gay marriage is deemed okay?
Openly gay Liberal MPs like Bruce Notley-Smith and Shayne Mallard must be feeling uncomfortable about having their relationships likened to the tip of some malevolent iceberg by their fellow party member. No bestio, but this is why some people prefer the company of dogs to humans – at least dogs never shit where the eat.
Since the comments were made there have been reports that Senator Bernardi has been called to Opposition Leader Tony Abbott’s office today to explain himself, but he has left for overseas today.
Before he left the country, Bernardi did an interview with ABC radio in which he said his statements were not anti-homosexual. He explained, “I was saying if rationale for same sex unions is about equality, then there are any number of people who would feel disgruntled that their lifestyle choices are not being accepted. If we will redefine marriage, which I don’t support, well there will always be another cause and I don’t know where it will end.”
UPDATE via The Age: Cory Bernardi has resigned as Opposition leader Tony Abbott’s personal Parliamentary Secretary.
Via The Age and The Australian
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