CORY… A ST. BERNARD OF A SENATOR!
Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi has resigned as Opposition leader Tony Abbott’s personal parliamentary secretary following a storm of condemnation of his view that legalising gay marriage could lead to the legalising of bestiality.
In announcing Senator Bernardi’s resignation Mr Abbott said: “They are views that I don’t share. They are views that many people will find repugnant.”
Here’s The Hoopla’s view…
There might have to be something of a media blackout for the kids for a couple of days otherwise you’re going to have some explaining to do about the term “bestiality”.
And why, if we allow gay people to marry, the next thing you know someone will want to get married to a horse….or date a dog.
Oops! Some folks already did in the US and it was in an episode of the Jerry Springer show a while back.
“Titled I Married a Horse, the show includes a guy describing his five-year marriage…yes, marriage…to a horse named Pixel, a woman recounting her whirlwind romance with her dog and a man who says he pines only for canines.”
Who knows if South Australian Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi saw it when he was visiting his friends in the US Tea Party, with whom he has close ties.
Speaking in Parliament last night on a gay marriage bill sponsored by four Labor senators, Senator Bernardi said the push for same-sex marriage was part of an attack on “our enduring institutions”.
If same sex unions were allowed, he mused, what would be next? Legality for polygamy? Bestiality?
“It is another chip in the fabric of our social mores,” he said. “The time has come to ask, when will it end? If we are prepared to redefine marriage … what is the next step?”
“The next step … is having three people that love each other should be able to enter into a permanent union endorsed by society, or four people. There are even some creepy people out there, who say that it’s OK to have consensual sexual relations between humans and animals. Will that be a future step?”
Well, it’s plain to see who’s the “creepy” one here.
Looks like Senator Bernardi, known as one of Tony Abbott’s “attack dogs” has bitten off more than he can chew with this one.
It’s reported he has been called in to Mr Abbott’s office and Malcolm Turnbull has “totally disassociated” him from the remarks.
Labor and Greens MPs and gay rights lobby groups have furiously rejected his remarks as “highly offensive, appalling” and as having “taken the civility out of the debate”.
Deputy Prime Minister Wayne Swan has called for Senator Bernardi’s sacking as Mr Abbott’s parliamentary secretary.
At The Hoopla, we reckon it’s time he kept his big yap shut too.
What’s your view?