The Battle For Equality So Far

Here is your one-stop shop of stirrer posts rebutting the NO campaign.

SAFE SCHOOLS

The NO campaign has mostly not been about marriage equality. It’s been about so-called “unintended consequences”. In particular, they have been whipping up hysteria over the supposed “dangers” to children, and they’ve been using a truckload of lies and distortions about to do it. Safe Schools is NOT what they say.

SAFE SCHOOLS IS SAFE / SAFE SCHOOLS: GET THE FACTS

The lead campaigner against Safe Schools claims just to be an ordinary mum. But Politicalpostingmumma is a dedicated political campaigner with links to the Christian Lobby, Pauline Hanson, and Rise up Australia.

YOU’RE TEACHING OUR CHILDREN WHAT?

In fact, the dangerous teachings are all coming from the other side. They’re teaching toxic masculine/feminine stereotypes that harm children

THE ‘NO’ CAMPAIGN IS INSIDIOUS CHILD ABUSE

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM

When they are not scaremongering about the imaginary abuse of children  – and conveniently ignoring the mountain of child abuse committed by clergy and religious institutions – they make a great play of their right to “religious freedom”. But whenever they’ve been offered it in the past, the ACL and the Catholic Church, two of the principal partners in the Coalition for Marriage, have fought against it tooth and nail.

THEY DON’T WANT RELIGIOUS FREEDOM

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM ISN’T WHAT YOU THINK

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM IS BAD PUBLIC POLICY

All their talk of religious freedom has created the false impression that organised religion, and Christianity in particular, is against marriage equality. But that isn’t true. The recent donation of $1m to the Coalition for Marriage by the renegade Sydney diocese of the Anglican church has generated enormous backlash. Huge swathes of the Christian and Jewish faiths support the YES case. Here’s a couple of examples.

ORTHODOX RABBI SAYS YES

EVANGELICAL PASTOR SAYS YES

THEOCRATIC LAW

The stirrer has been warning for some time about the real agenda behind the anti-equality campaign. A campaign to cement religious rights in law ahead of all other human rights. When they talk about ‘balancing’ the right to religious freedom with other human rights, what they really mean is elevating religious rights above all others. This campaign has been imported lock stock and barrel from the USA culture wars.

THE KIRRALEE SMITH AGENDA: AN AMERICAN TALIBAN AGENDA

ALLIANCE DEFENDING FREEDOM

DON’T WRITE DISCRIMINATION INTO LAW

YOU’RE ALREADY EQUAL

Another strand of the NO campaign has been the insistence that we are already equal, and it’s all just a stoush over a word. Closely allied are the arguments that there can be some sort of compromise between our right to equality and their ‘right’ to continue to discriminate. A demand that we settle for marriage-lite, rather than actual marriage. Marriage apartheid, not marriage equality. This is another long-running argument, as you can tell by the age of some of the posts.

LGBTI ARE NOT ALREADY EQUAL

LET’S SEE THE DEVIL IN THE DETAIL

NOT QUITE MARRIAGE

CRYING POOR

Both sides have been crying poor and trying to claim underdog status. Although there have been a couple of well-publicised large donations to each side, the sheer volume of expensive television and other advertising clearly demonstrates that the NO side has a lot more cash. Possible sources are discussed in some of the posts above. There is, however, one group of YES campaigners who have been forgotten in the rush to throw money at the Equality Campaign, and that is Rodney Croome, Ivan Hinton-Teoh, Shelley Argent, and Felicity Marlowe: please chuck some dollars their way. They fought long and hard to stop this postal vote abomination.

LGBTI CHAMPIONS LANDED WITH HUGE BILL

YES MERCHANDISE

COMPETITION FOR SYMPATHY

As well as crying poor, both sides have tried to claim they are the ones most vilified, silenced and damaged. I’m going to pass over the NO sides claims with a hollow laugh, and point you to a couple of pieces from the YES side.

SILENCING OF FREE SPEECH

THE PAIN OF THE SURVEY

WHAT’S NEXT?

Win or lose, marriage equality isn’t the end, but only a beginning. LGBTI rights and equality is a never ending story, with many chapters yet to be written. And winning, for a long-despised minority like us, is only ever temporary. We not only have to fight to win new ground, we also have to defend what we have gained.

HOLDING THE WIN

 

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About the author

Veteran gay writer and speaker, Doug was one of the founders of the UKs pioneering GLBTI newspaper Gay News (1972) , and of the second, Gay Week, and is a former Features Editor of Him International. He presented news and current affairs on JOY 94.9 FM Melbourne for more than ten years.

“Doug is revered, feared and reviled in equal quantities, at times dividing people with his journalistic wrath. Yet there is no doubt this grandpa-esque bear keeps everyone abreast of anything and everything LGBT across the globe.” (Daniel Witthaus, “Beyond Priscilla”, Clouds of Magellan, Melbourne, 2014)