NO TO MARRIAGE
I am a gay man. I don’t believe in gay marriage. I don’t believe in straight marriage. I don’t believe in anyone getting married.
It is unrealistic to expect to spend 70+ years of your life with only one person. Plus, more than half of all marriages end in divorce.
Why are gay activists all of a sudden so eager to be part of this failed model? When did the gay rights movement shift from ‘We’re proud to be different! Accept our differences!’ to ‘We’re not that different at all! We’re just like straight people’?
I liked the gay community being non-traditional and non-conformist. Now it wants to mimic traditional heterosexual families.
I remember gay university lecturers teaching Queer Theory a decade ago saying, “Marriage is an antiquated, patriarchal institution. We want nothing to do with it.” Now they say, “We love marriage! Marriage is great!” When did this cultural shift happen?
Self-appointed gay marriage activists claim to speak on behalf of the whole gay community but they don’t speak for me or many other gay men I know.
— Daniel

ADAM HOOD
I am a gay psychologist who has had a great deal to do with this situation. It makes sense that it went ‘underground’ and for me this felt quite OK. As they say in their article, it was contained to a small congregation. We are not vigilantes and against freedom of speech.
The great victory we as a community had with this issue was that it was no longer a public meeting where many new vulnerable people would be exposed to this irrational, anti-intellectual and psychologically dangerous message.
Other great victories included the Catholic school that originally was going to unwittingly sponsor this event saying on their website they are not homophobic and Adam Hood’s message is against their Christian values. Any young Christian same-sex attracted person would feel great comfort reading this.
The other victory was that very publicly two mayors shut down the events as they hadn’t realised what it was about. This has sent a powerful message that Australian society as a whole does not validate horrifically dangerous and homophobic events.
— Paul

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