The Bairnsdale Agenda

Bairnsdale Advertiser – Monday, February 18, 2103

A Society of Equals

Courtesy of Britain’s House of Commons, same-sex marriage is in the air again. Australia’s homosexuals have called for another attempt to bring ‘gay’ couples into the heterosexual fold following last year’s failed vote. Whatever the outcome, the sky will not fall and heterosexual marriage will remain the norm. More than parliaments are needed to destroy a centuries-long tradition in Christianity’s various outposts.

Behind the Marriage question lurks something more pressing. Apart from the merits or otherwise of re-defining marriage, we should ask how homosexual lobbyists have been able to wield so much influence and so easily tarnish the image of the heterosexual family. After all, it is the central institution of social stability and national replenishment and has no serious alternative.

The answer lies in the principle of toleration that emerged after the seemingly endless wars between Catholics and Protestants in the wake of the 16th century reformation. Coexistence was the only option apart from perpetual conflict. Tolerance soon spread to other areas of disagreement, the catalyst being the fallibility of beliefs, the value of diversity and respect for others’ opinions. These ideas are the compass points most Australians steer by in their relations with others.

But tolerance is too vague an idea to support particular ends; it is a principle in need of an ideal. Equality became the nostrum for promoting a new view of marriage. It opened the door to promotion of ‘gay’ normality in classroom material for beginning readers, to sex education for older students, employment regulations and procreation.

However, equating same-sex unions with marriage is the latest but not the final goal of the broader ‘gay agenda’. Moreover, radically redefining marriage is not as well-supported  as is claimed, although it remains the prime example of the power of agitation and political tenacity to radically alter public sentiment.

A Subtle Ambition

The homosexual marriage agenda achieved acceptability because of our society’s moral uncertainty, fear of offending minorities and the diminished authority of parliaments held hostage to the fickleness of every passing opinion poll.

Should same-sex marriage become the norm, the fiction of equality will spread across a widening circle of social relationships. To make homo-and hetero-sexual unions indistinguishable (read, equal) makes no sense because fundamentally, marriage has always been about inequality.

Nothing in human relationships can be more unequal than the complementary roles of husband and wife, whether in the intimacy of a spousal union, the management of households or the nurture of children. Marriage is not primarily about the private aspirations of a man and a woman but about a serious set of public obligations.

In fact, marriage was not always a priority for ‘gay’ radicals. The 1970 Gay Manifesto according to Brendan O’Neill in The Australian recently, described marriage as a “rotten, opporessive institution”. A 1972 tract said homosexuals are “in revolt against the nuclear family structure”. Why have things changed?

Because a more subtle ambition lurks behind marriage equality; itself a contradiction in terms. The aim is to change society itself. Same-sex marriage is the spearhead of a broad front of manipulation that is straining the fabric of society. Equality, is the offspring of tolerance, is not as benign as it seems.


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About the author

Veteran gay writer and speaker, Doug was one of the founders of the UKs pioneering GLBTI newspaper Gay News (1972) , and of the second, Gay Week, and is a former Features Editor of Him International. He presented news and current affairs on JOY 94.9 FM Melbourne for more than ten years. "Doug is revered, feared and reviled in equal quantities, at times dividing people with his journalistic wrath. Yet there is no doubt this grandpa-esque bear keeps everyone abreast of anything and everything LGBT across the globe." (Daniel Witthaus, "Beyond Priscilla", Clouds of Magellan, Melbourne, 2014)