Won’t Someone Think Of The Asians?

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Aunty Joyce and Aunty Erica are worried what the neighbours will think of us.

Barnaby Joyce and Erica Betz have just rolled out one of the most pathetic arguments against #EqualMarriage4Xmas the coalition have so far managed to scrape from the bottom of the barrel.

The Asians might not like it. In fact, If we legalise gay marriage, says Joyce, the Asians might think we’re decadent.

I’ll just leave that there a moment, shall I, while we all relive memories of nights in say, Bangkok. Or of all the handsome men and beautiful women from all over Asia dancing the streets of Sydney at Mardi Gras.

Done? OK, then let’s move on. I will now attempt to do the job their parliamentary researchers should have done before they opened their mouths, and provide some facts.

Many of our Asian neighbours are moving towards acceptance of same sex relationships. The recent changes in Ireland and especially the USA are really pushing things along.

Vietnam just repealed a ban on same sex marriage and is looking forward to welcoming a gay US ambassador, with his husband and son. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-01-07/gay-weddings-planned-as-vietnam-marriage-law-is-repealed

Last year 70% of Taiwanese were in favour of it http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/68-taiwan-backs-gay-marriage071114/

Even China is steadily becoming more and more supportive http://www.theage.com.au/comment/-gi44y9.html

South Korea too  http://www.glaad.org/blog/south-korea-first-asian-country-legalize-marriage-equality

How about ultra-conservative Japan? http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/mar/31/tokyos-shibuya-ward-same-sex-marriage

Nepal http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/02/17/us-nepal-lgbt-marriage-idUSKBN0LL14M20150217

So if I were you, I wouldn’t worry about your unspecified generic Asians starting to think we might be decadent just because a few poufs dykes and trannies can tie the knot (apologies for those words but you have to speak the sort of offensive language these guys understand).

Decadent? They already know we are. http://www.traveller.com.au/balinese-welcome-boycott-by-boganaires–bogans-with-money-13pnfd

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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.

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