Major Karnage explains why gay marriage should never have been an issue before Parliament.
A few conversations popped-up on my Facebook feed last week regarding the revelation that Tony Abbot has a gay sister and has *gasp* not shunned her. In fact, he treats her quite well.
Why is that a "shock"? Well, Tony Abbot holds the point of view that "marriage" is something that happens between a man and a woman. To numerous proponents of gay marriage, this means that he is a priori a homophobe. I definitely saw at least one comment thread in which someone accused him of trying to "hide" his "bigotry" through treating his sister well when he clearly is actually a bigot because he is against gay marriage.
This is a stupid argument to make. There seems to be this horrible tendency amongst fanatics to assume that anyone who disagrees with them must be doing so out of prejudice. I see it all the time with the Middle East conflict. Being anti-Israel is antisemitic, and being pro-Israel is Islamophobic, homophobic, sexist, normative, imperialist, neo-colonialist... you get the picture. It also happens with immigration, feminism and plenty of other areas. It's a very simple argument, it's almost always wrong and it actually works against your point – no one is ever going to agree with you if you keep calling them a sexist because "Israeli occupation hurts Palestinian women as well as men". Especially when you have a month-long summit on the global status of women and this is the only condemnation you could come up with – as if everything is fine and dandy everywhere else in the world (it isn't). Yeah UN Commission on the Status of Women, I'm looking at you.
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The problem is that they are arguing about different things. To gay marriage proponents, "marriage" is a right. To Tony Abbot, "marriage" means