Jacqui Lambie appeared on Q&A last night to defend the “40 per cent of Australians hurting right now” over the postal survey result.
Fresh off the back of her resignation from the Senate, Lambie reiterated her own opposition to marriage equality and said she’d received calls from people “in limbo” over the outcome.
“What they’re worried about – people that have been ringing me that have garden weddings, they’re making cakes.
“I had a bloke ring me about two weeks ago saying, ‘I want to know what my rights are right now because I only want to marry a man and wife in my garden’.
“I said, ‘Mate, I’m sorry, I can’t help you out with that’. He’s going to be in limbo for months. He has a freedom in this country and a right to say, ‘because of my religious beliefs, I cannot marry you in my backyard’.”
Lambie also criticised politicians for trying to pass marriage equality too quickly, saying “they haven’t filled in the gaps.”
“How long are these people going to have to go through more pain? They’ve lost. They’re feeling the pain. How much longer do they have to feel more pain?”
Australian Christians for Marriage Equality recently endorsed Dean Smith’s marriage bill, which is already before the Senate, saying it adequately protects religious freedoms.
Christian broadcaster Stephen O’Doherty also appeared on the panel, and was taken to talk by Melbourne high school student Milly Roper, who asked about prevalence of “the conservative views of older Australians” in the debate.
O’Doherty countered by claiming that “there’s more protection now for people on the basis of sexuality than there is on the basis of their religion.”
The radio host and former Liberal politician said that “the same protections that are awarded to people for sexuality ought to be awarded to people who hold religious views.”
Roper’s response to O’Doherty summed up Australia’s marriage equality debate perfectly.
“People of Christian and Catholic views haven’t been persecuted and they haven’t been systematically oppressed”.
“People of the LGBTIQ+ community have, for centuries. I think this debate was about improving their rights and in doing that we need to make sure discrimination can’t happen on any level.”
“When people say that it’s OK to discriminate against a gay couple, when it’s legally and morally wrong to discriminate against a single gay person, it’s just unjustified.”
Watch Lambie’s response below.
— ABC Q&A (@QandA) November 20, 2017