Gay marriage is sweeping across the world; I've written about how it was recently legalized in
see background articles at the bottom. A few weeks ago it was passed into law
in Ireland via
a referendum, see: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/may/23/gay-marriage-ireland-yes-vote.
There is a campaign to introduce it into Australia,
And yesterday the US Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples could get
married in all fifty of the United States,
President Obama has got overwhelmingly on board with it, running around with a
rainbow flag and making highly enthusiastic speeches (Maybe it's because he
himself is already married to another bloke, if rumours about Michelle Obama
are true). As I explain in the background articles, I have no objection at all
to two people in love getting married, whoever they are. In fact I have no
opinions at all on other people's private lives, either positive or negative.
However discord has arisen in my mind over gay marriage to the point where I
feel almost guilty supporting it. The reason for this is because after gay
marriage was legalized in the UK,
and in the run up to it, the pro-gay marriage lobby fought a very dirty and
ruthless campaign. Peter Tatchell, a former colleague of mine on The People's Voice, was particularly
iniquitous. To his great discredit, he accused almost all of his opponents of
homophobia. "Homophobia" is a word you'll hear a lot nowadays. It
means somebody who hates homosexuals, and using it to describe another person
is a very serious matter. Tatchell never hesitated to smear others very
liberally with it in public, for example see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AO5KzYMN8ds.
This is despite the fact that gay marriage has been rejected by some perfectly
calm, peaceful and rational individuals, including the gay historian David Starkey;
presumably Tatchell would call him a "self-hating queer!". Now we
live in a world where homosexuals can marry, a world of "freedom!", but
is it? What concerns me is that the vilification of dissenters continues
outside the TV studios. A few months ago a registrar was sacked from her job;
she lost her entire career, because she refused to carry out civil partnerships
out of a sense of conscience, see background links. I can't see why it would
not be possible to accommodate her within the organization with no loss of
service to the customer. Realistically, in this day and age there must be
plenty of her colleagues willing to task-swap with her. The same goes for the
bakery in Northern Ireland
who didn't want to make a gay wedding cake, see: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/ashers-bakery-lose-gay-cake-case-we-will-not-be-closing-down-we-have-not-done-anything-wrong-says-boss-31233797.html.
We also had a hotelier prosecuted for turning away a gay couple because they
wanted to share a room, see: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-25119158.
Again, why can't they simply recommend Mr Preddy and Mr Hall to another guest
house? If I were a hotel manager they could always come to my place; I'd be
perfectly happy to provide them with a love-nest and therefore take business
away from a competitor. I think that these court cases were essentially a punishment
beating for Thoughtcrime, and to serve as a warning to others. Dictatorship of
opinion and left wing ideological purity is being violently enforced under the
guise of "equality" and "civil rights". I think this is
cultural Marxism in action, see background links. I'm perfectly OK with people
being gay; I'd be happy to go to a gay wedding myself if I were invited, but I
have these notions because I've chosen to have them; I feel very differently
about being coerced to. I will never be coerced into any point of view and I'll
defend other people's rights to think whatever they like. Until we all do that,
we will not live in a state of freedom.
See here for background: http://hpanwo-voice.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/gay-marriage.html.