On Tuesday 2 August, ABC's The Drum showed their bias by presenting a half hour debate on same-sex “marriage” with just one supporter of traditional marriage, ACL's Lyle Shelton, up against a stacked panel of four SSM advocates. Hardly what any reasonable person would call a fair debate.
Regardless, Lyle presented a strong case for maintaining the current definition of marriage, despite constant interruptions from fellow panellists and the host.
Tiernan Brady, Irish same-sex “marriage” campaign director, made a startling claim about the few countries who have legalised same-sex “marriage”:
“All those predictions of terrible, unforeseen circumstances never came through… All that happened was that nobody lost anything and one small group of people in society – our lesbian and gay friends and family members – were allowed to get married.”
Let's take a closer look at what's really been happening in those countries...
Oregan, USA | A Christian baker was forced to pay $135,000 to a gay couple after refusing to bake a cake for their wedding. Aaron Klein and his wife Melissa have been forced to close their cake shop following the drawn out legal battle. They said they happily served gay customers to make birthday cakes but for religious reasons, could not bake a cake for a gay wedding. This was deemed to violate civil rights.
Denver, USA | Another bakery suffered a similar fate after refusing to bake a cake for a cake wedding. This article from LGBTQ Nation also links to a story about a florist and a photographer facing legal action for refusing to participate in a gay wedding.
Coeur d‘Alene, Idaho | City officials laid down the law to Christian pastors within their community, telling them bluntly via an ordinance that if they refuse to marry homosexuals, they will face jail time and fines.
USA | Brendan Eich, founcer of Mozilla was forced to resign following relentless bullying from gay rights campaigners because he donated to the 2008 Plebiscite in which Americans voted 'No' to Genderless Marriage.
Denmark | Homosexual couples in Denmark won the right to get married in any church they choose, even though nearly one third of the country's priests have said they will refuse to carry out the ceremonies.
Vancouver, Canada | Now that SSM is done and dusted in Canada, the message is clear: "[T]he gay rights movement is shifting norms in Canada. And with that comes a message to those who won't evolve: your outdated morals are no longer acceptable, and we will teach your kids the new norms." ~ Robin Perelle, Xtra Vancouver.
Ontario, Canada | Ontario Superior Court of Justice upheld the Ontario Law Society’s decision (Trinity Western University v The Law Society of Upper Canada) to deny accreditation to the law school at Trinity Western University. The society did so because of this Christian university’s requirement that staff and students sign a covenant that forbids all sexual activity unless it is between a husband and a wife. The Ontario court ruled that though the decision by the Law Society infringed the right to religious freedom, the university’s covenant on sexual behaviour discriminated against homosexual marriage, which is legal in Canada. The judgment described the essential issue as “involving a clash between religious freedom and equality”.
United Kingdom | In the lead-up to legalising same-sex “marriage”: Mothers and fathers disappeared from birth certificates of surrogate children to allow homosexual couples to be named as parents.
Ireland | In Tiernan's homeland, a bakery owner was subjected to a lengthy legal battle for refusing to write the words “Support Gay Marriage” on a cake.
Victoria, Australia | Genderless Marriage isn't even legal here yet and already it's begun. Say that you support traditional marriage and you will be dragged before the courts, like Archbishop Porteous.
Tiernan also claimed their was no link whatsoever between the Safe Schools Coalition and same-sex “marriage”, but that's not what Safe Schools co-founder Roz Ward told a rally in Melbourne: “It is a total contradiction to say we want (the) Safe Schools Coalition, but you can’t get married to the person that you love,”
He also claimed that SSM advocates maintained respectful debate. We have never seen the word “bigot” used with such reckless abandon as in the last 12 months of debate by SSM advocates in Parliament. If it's not the Greens, it's Bill Shorten himself and even Penny Wong using words like 'bigot'and 'homophobe' to describe anyone who supports traditional marriage or who doesn't agree with their children, as young as 4, being told that their gender is fluid. There have even been cover ups for the real agenda of the Safe Schools Program and Senator Cory Bernardi's office AND HIS CHILDREN'S SCHOOL were targeted by protesters. Tom Gilchrist, Adelaide University’s Student Representative Council president, and several other SRC members from the socialist group Student Voice were among the protesters.
Sure, there will always be unsolicited, unpleasant comments on social media from both sides of the debate, no matter the issue, but surely we should be able to expect better behaviour from our elected representatives... right?
So, Tiernan, we give you a FACT CHECK: FAILShare