LIBERAL Senator Cory Bernardi has suggested legalising same sex marriage would lead to demands for bestiality to also be sanctioned.
“It is another chip in the fabric of our social mores,” he said. ”The time has come to ask, when will it end? If we are prepared to redefine marriage … what is the next step?”
The above quote from Cory Bernardi leaves one shaking one’s head in dismay at the thoughts processes of some people.
Under normal circumstances, such statements can be ignored as the rantings of homophobic, bogan types. However, this ranting does indeed emanate from someone whom one should assume has at least a modest amount of intelligence.
Ironically, Joe Hockey subsequently called for, “a sensitive and measured parliamentary debate on same-sex marriage”. Sorry Joe, your fellow Liberal Cory Bernardi has already spoken.
Apart from the fact that Bernardi’s statement is nothing more than homophobic blathering, there are excellent reasons why bestiality has zero to do with marriage equality.
And yes, I am attempting to treat this matter with due gravitas all the while battling my instinct to reply to Bernardi in a Shakespearean way: Thou clay-brained guts, thou knotty-pated fool, thou whoreson obscene greasy tallow-catch!
However, will Bernardi’s argument against gay marriage be taken up by certain right-wing shock jock types? Ans: it’s possible. Therefore, as per below:
MARRIAGE ACT 1961 – SECT 23B
(1) A marriage to which this Division applies that takes place after the commencement of section 13 of the Marriage Amendment Act 1985 is void where:
(iii) that party is mentally incapable of understanding the nature and effect of the marriage ceremony; or
(e) either of the parties is not of marriageable age;
Bernardi also suggests that gay marriage would have the consequence of leading to polygamy.
Why should it, as we have s(1)(a) of the Marriage Act which states that a marriage is void if “either of the parties is, at the time of the marriage, lawfully married to some other person”.
And so there we have it, that in order for Bernardi’s
fantasy nightmare of bestiality and polygamy to come to pass it is the Marriage Act (Cth) 1961 which would have to be amended, and in such a way as to allow underage marriage, marriage without consent and bigamy.
In spite of the opinion of Cory Bernardi, marriage between consenting adults, irrespective of gender does not alter the basic integrity of the fundamental that two people who agree to unite, and who are prepared to take on the responsibilities and privileges of that agreement, should be permitted to do so.
Breaking News: Cory Bernardi quits. This would be one of the rare times that I would have to agree with Tony Abbott.
Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi has resigned as Opposition Leader Tony Abbott’s personal parliamentary secretary following a widespread furore over the South Australian’s comments that legislating for gay marriage could lead to demands to legalise bestiality and polygamy.
In announcing Senator Bernardi’s resignation, Mr Abbott said his contribution to the same-sex marriage debate was unwelcome.
“They are views that I don’t share. They are views that many people will find repugnant,” Mr Abbott said.