Christian Democratic Party politician and long-time LGBT opponent the Rev. Fred Nile has let fly, calling homosexuality a “mental disorder” and warning that legalising same-sex marriage could lead to legalised incest and paedophilia.
In his submission to the Social Issues Inquiry into Same-sex Marriage in NSW, Nile listed a litany of homosexual stereotypes as reasons for continuing to outlaw marriage equality in the state, accusing homosexual activists of threatening and intimidating psychiatrists in the 1970s in their efforts to have homosexuality de-listed as a mental disorder.
“In 1973 the American Psychiatric Association (APA) removed homosexuality as a mental disorder from the APA’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders…However, this is false and part of numerous homosexual myths. The removal of homosexuality as a mental disorder has given homosexual activists undue credibility, and they have demanded that their sexual behaviour be affirmed in society, such as demanding that homosexual marriages be recognised legally,” Nile said in the submission.
Nile went on to call gay marriage “a social experiment which has a proven track record of failure” that could lead to legally recognised incest, polygamy and paedophilia.
“If homosexual marriages were allowed and legally recognised, then there will be a push to affirm (through marriage) child brides, incestuous partners, bigamous or polygamous partners. These are incompatible with marriage and would be disastrous to the welfare of Australian society,” Nile said.
The reverend also had some choice words to say about LGBT people in general, claiming that “homosexual relationships have a higher rate of break-ups and violence, including sexual assault against children,” than heterosexual relationships.
“Homosexual ‘marriages’ have been shown to be inherently more unstable than heterosexual marriages…Despite a major effort to promote the use of condoms, unprotected sex is extremely common amongst the homosexual community. On top of this, having an extremely high number of sexual partners is very common amongst homosexuals.”
A state politician since 1981, Nile is known for his staunchly conservative social views and his annual prayer for rain to wash out the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade. He narrowly missed out on a Federal Senate seat in 2004 after running on a platform of opposition to same-sex marriage. In 2009 Nile announced he would not recontest the 2015 state election and leave politics at the end of his term.
Unsurprisingly, Nile’s submission highlighted that he would “strongly oppose any same-sex marriage law in NSW”.