A conservative commentator who is also the Secretary of the Family Council of Victoria has claimed marriage equality would lead to campaigns for the legalisation of group marriage, incest, paedophilia and bestiality.

In an article on the CultureWatch website, In praise of incest, Bill Muehlenberg argued that a law decriminalising incest before the Swiss Parliament was a product of the thinking behind same-sex marriage.

“Once we go down the road of legalising same-sex marriage, then the floodgates will open, and any and all forms of sexuality will be fair game for legalisation and promotion,” wrote Muehlenberg,

“Homosexual marriage is simply the thin edge of the wedge.”

When asked how that claim could be made when same-sex marriage was not legal in Switzerland, Muehlenberg said the same arguments for the one could “equally and logically be used for the other.”

Muehlenberg also claimed that an American lesbian author had argued for the legalisation of paedophilia in a 2003 Village Voice article on same-sex marriage, and that an American gay rights conference had called for an end to age of consent laws at its 1972 conference — which showed that paedophilia was part of the agenda too.

However the article on that paper’s website makes no mention of paedophilia, and the Star Observer can find no evidence of the group, the National Coalition of Gay Organisations, existing before or after 1972 or that it was influential as less than one in five organisations that were invited to attend the conference did so.

When asked to name any gay organisation in the world that was campaigning for the removal of age of consent laws today, Muehlenberg said it was not his job to do so and that questions about facts were “red herrings”.

“The point is … the very same arguments your camp is using to legalise same-sex marriage can be used to legalise bestiality, incest, group marriage,” Muehlenberg said.

“Its all about consensual relationships, its all about love — that argument is used by NAMBLA and other groups all the time.”

Family Council of Victoria President, Peter Stokes, who also heads the anti-gay Saltshakers group, said he agreed with Muehlenberg’s logic.

“Moves are being made to normalise sex with animals and arguments are already being made that people should be able to marry a pet,” he said.

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