Bill Shorten doesn’t want gays to have mother in laws

Bill Shorten has decided that Labor won’t support gay marriage in Australia. He doesn’t want gays to have mother in laws like everyone else.

PRIME Minister Malcolm Turnbull says the door is still open for same-sex marriage despite Labor “playing politics” and putting party interests ahead of the wellbeing of same-sex couples.

Opposition Lead Bill Shorten announced on Tuesday he would put a stop to the “harmful” plebiscite — rejecting the Government’s election mandate — in a bid to push a free vote in Parliament.

During Question Time, Mr Turnbull deflected a question on whether he would have a free vote in Parliament marriage equality.  

Instead, he diverted the blame to Labor, saying the party should vote for the plebiscite if they wanted to see same-sex couples to get married.

“If the members opposite want to stop playing politics, if they want gay couples to get married, if they want them to get married, vote for the plebiscite,” he said.

“All they need to do is vote for it but the reality is the Labor Party wants to play politics with this issue much more than they want same-sex couples to be able to get married … You are putting politics and your games ahead of the interests of same-sex couples.”

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten defended Labor’s decision to block the Federal Government’s proposed plebiscite.

“Just because they went to the election (with the plebiscite proposal), doesn’t make a bad idea a good idea,” Mr Shorten told the Seven Network this morning.

“Why should gay people in Australia have to go through a lawmaking process that nobody else does? Why do their relationships have an opinion poll?”

Mr Shorten said it was “reckless” to ignore the experience of gay people and mental health experts.

So, Shorten doesn’t want the people of Australia to have a say about marriage equality. I think he might be surprised at how Australian’s vote. I imagine it would be along the same lines as here. People don’t care anymore what others do in the privacy of their own homes. If gays want mothers in law then let them have them, it is only fair that the particular misery of having a mother in law is shared equally.

Labor are just playing politics, they actually support marriage equality. But, like here in NZ where Labour played politics with the flag referendum, they are doing the same in Australia, except this time they are playing politics with other peoples lives.

 

-The Guardian, News.com.au

 


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  • twittertit

    Uh, aren’t the Australian Labor Party the left wing party??? You wouldn’t expect this from them surely? Sounds like they’re just being tools.

    • biscuit barrel

      “Why should gay people in Australia have to go through a lawmaking process that nobody else does”
      Did they have a referendum to allow Aborigines the vote ?

      • Greg

        Yes they did. May 1967

        • biscuit barrel

          Not really ,”In 1962, the Menzies Government amended the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 to enable all Indigenous Australians to enroll to vote in Australian federal elections.”

          What you are referring to was the 1967 referendum to count aborigines as part of the census, which was previously unconstitutional
          ie delete.
          “The people of any race, other than the aboriginal race in any State, for whom it is deemed necessary to make special laws”
          and to delete
          “In reckoning the numbers of the people of the Commonwealth, or of a State or other part of the Commonwealth, aboriginal natives shall not be counted.”

          As these were in the constitution they required a referendum to change.
          Unequal marriage isnt in the constitution nor did the 1967 referendum refer to ‘votes for aborigines’ as by 1967 all states and federal government had given them the vote.

          So you are incorrect there.

  • biscuit barrel

    Trust the Aussies to get themselves in a tangle over this. Shorten supports gay marriage , so does Turnbull, but because a previous PM tried to kick the can down the road, with a plebiscite or referendum, they end up with nothing.

    Its very smart move labour has no obligation with promoting the Liberals election policies, and of course gives another flag to wave next time.
    Theres a small block in the National party, Pauline Hanson and of course the muslim community that are against this

  • Andy

    Gay marriage isn’t just about what people do in the privacy of their own homes.

    For example, forcing Christians to bake cakes, isn’t an activity confined to the home.

    • biscuit barrel

      a commercial wedding cake service ?
      the catholic church doesnt believe in divorce either, does that mean a divorced person cant buy a wedding cake for their second marriage.?
      Running a commercial service means you cant pick your customers on religious grounds.

      • Duchess of Pork

        In this video Steven Crowther will show you that commercial bakeries in the US do pick their customers on religious grounds. Crowther could probably also prove, if he chose to, that some of these bakeries use religious criteria when choosing their staff.

  • ElleAsks

    Labour has actually been asked by gay people in Australia not to support a plebiscite – they want a vote in parliament – same as was done in New Zealand. Spending $160 million , and allowing very ugly canvassing against gay people when politicians can just get on and do the job they have been elected to do. I know a number of gay people and they are all prepared to wait to get the right to marry – not one of them support the plebiscite – so for once Labour is actually 100% right

  • Crowgirl

    Personally I’m with Shorten on this – the plebiscite is stupid. Just give gays equal rights already. Otherwise Australia has no claim to being a free and equal society.

  • Treaclebeak

    Commenters are confusing referenda with plebiscites. In Australia a referendum is binding on the government, a plebiscite is not. So there’s no guarantee that the reactionaries in the LNP will honour the result of a plebiscite, particularly if the result is close. Cynics argue that the plebiscite will be designed to confuse the issue as much as possible and it’s not constitutionally required anyway.

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