PUPPETMASTERS
Jim Wallace really has a way with words (‘Bizarre ACL racist claim’, SSO 124), a way with politicians, and is based in Canberra right in their face. With his press statements, he’s a master of reverse psychology.
We as a GLBT community have so far shown we are not equipped and not savvy enough to match him and his power with politicians — yet. Hopefully the more we study him, and his ACL website (and the crucial timing and feverish frequency of his chessboard press releases), the more we can counter some of the extreme power he wields over both major parties — his tactics are often under the radar, but work like an iron fist.
Look at the media storm about ACT/NT law — if you check the ACL website, the whole ‘media story’ actually emanated from high-pressure ACL press releases. They are the puppetmasters behind the whole fiasco, and wield constant pressure on maintaining a ban on all ceremonies in the ACT.
What if Jim Wallace’s statement read “labels as racists those who for religious and cultural reasons affirm their support for bringing back slavery”, or “labels as racists those who for religious and cultural reasons affirm re-banning women from voting”, or “labels as racists those who for religious and cultural reasons affirm the reinstatment of the law to ban Aboriginals from marrying whites”.
— David

DISGRACE
Calls by conservative Christians to impose their ritual of marriage on others is a disgrace, and goes against the separation of church and state.
It is meddling in the private life of citizens. History will not be kind to such people.
Although a private company, the Australian Christian Lobby is made up of just three company directors. Mardi Gras has hundreds and thousands in a bad year.
My local bishop supports same-sex marriage, as do millions of Christians around Australia and the world. I would hardly call three people a representation of Christianity.
— Dave

NO BALLS
The ALP doesn’t have the balls any more to be seen as progressive.
This is not about the rights and wrongs of whether same-sex couples should be able to wed their partners, but about a basic human right that discrimination in all forms is not and should not be tolerated in modern society. And with the Catholic Church and other Christian groups up the skirt of Julia Gillard, how can you expect anything from a party I once supported?
Absolutely no way will I support the ALP ever again for trying to woo voters by confusing them, making themselves out to be really a pale imitation of the other party who is lead by an ex-religious nut.
— Daniel

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