Reid Labor MP John Murphy, Queensland independent Bob Katter, the Nationals MP Barnaby Joyce, the Democratic Labor Party Senator John Madigan and Liberal MP Kevin Andrews have shared a stage with a far right American conservative who claims same-sex marriage could lead to child-paedophile marriage at an anti-same-sex marriage rally at Parliament House today.
US conservative commentator Rebecca Hagelin reportedly told a crowd of a few hundred people who had paid $30 a head to attend the event that if same-sex marriage were legalised then “anything … could be called marriage” – using the examples of group marriages and marriage between children and paedophiles.
Hagelin said there was “no greater evil” in the world than supporters of same-sex marriage and that they were engaging in a “war for the future of the human race”.
Senator Madigan continued with the military motif, telling opponents of same-sex marriage that they were “at war” and needed to fight battles – while those who stood silent were complicit.
Murphy, who was recently chastised by a Labor branch president in his own electorate for failing to seek the views of constituents and telling ALP supporters of marriage equality to leave the party, told the rally that “not all relationships are equal,” and that the only poll he cared about “is the federal Election”.
Responding to Murphy’s comments, the president of that ALP branch, Gina Wilson told the Star Observer, “His comments to the National Marriage Coalition rally in Canberra brings not only himself into disrepute as a homophobic bully but attempts to paint those within the ALP who do hold Human Rights as preeminent as a noisy minority.
“It would be a blessing to both the ALP and to me if [John] would pack up shop and join the Democratic Labor Party.
Wilson said if Murphy did not lose preselection, he would “certainly lose the seat for Labor”.
Katter, who auctioned his hat for $2700 for charity at the rally in opposition to same-sex marriage, told the crowd, “Gay is one of the most beautiful words … no-one should have the right to take that word off us.
“Truly this proposition deserves to be laughed at and ridiculed. It doesn’t serve any serious treatment.”
Joyce (pictured) claimed his four daughters would be affected if same sex marriage was allowed but did not explain whether he meant that same-sex marriage would turn them into lesbians or whether there would simply not be enough blokes left to marry them.
“We know that the best protection for those girls is that they get themselves into a secure relationship with a loving husband and I want that to happen for them,” Joyce said.
Kevin Andrews claimed that letting same-sex couples into the institution of marriage would destroy it.
Three days prior to the event thousands more supporters of marriage equality rallied in capital cities around the country.