A gay couple have appeared on Australian television to oppose same-sex marriage.
Ben Rogers and Mark Poidevin appeared on the nightly news and current affairs show last night to share their point of view, which has since been widely criticised on social media.
Australia is gearing up for a postal vote to gauge support for same-sex marriage, and if the majority vote ‘yes’, then parliament will take a vote on the legislation.
The couple, who have been together for 15 years, insisted that they believe that the traditional definition of marriage should be preserved.
“If we make one exception for one community, that being the same-sex couples, where does it stop?’ said Poidevin, who revealed that his Catholic beliefs also played a part in his views.
“Do we then see other cultures being allowed to have multiple marriages? Do we see the age of consent being lowered for another group of minorities? That is my concern, of where it would lead.’
The couple went on to add that they’ve been labelled “homophobic” for not believing in same-sex marriage, and somehow claimed that they aren’t “intolerant” – despite not wanting gay people to have the right to marry….
The campaign’s gotten nasty on both sides and I think the comments that I hear are, ‘You’re a homophobe if you don’t support gay marriage’,’ Poidevin said.
“I’m a gay person here that’s coming out and saying, ‘well, no it’s not. It’s your right to have a view, your right to have a view either way and people should be respected.”
“You’re not intolerant if you don’t support a view.”
Politicians in Australia’s Senate have repeatedly shot down attempts to hold a referendum on equal marriage. In 2016, the Liberal Party was re-elected with a promise that they would let voters decide on same-sex marriage through a popular vote.
However, the vote was blocked, and the result could have technically been ignored by lawmakers anyway.