SOMETIMES I forget how conservative this city is.
I shouldn’t be able to forget. After all, you only have to look at the many and various polls that we run on this website to know that the majority of people who come here lean to the right, politically, economically and socially.
Look at the poll running on our Gold Coast news page just as an example. Over 80% of respondents so far are against a carbon tax.
So, yes, I shouldn’t forget, but when I do I am soon reminded that I am in the minority, not just here on goldcoast.com.au, but in the Gold Coast in general.
Nevertheless, every now and then I feel the need to stick my head above the ramparts and represent my people, damn it.
The gay community on the Gold Coast doesn’t have a very loud voice.
Oh sure, we have our own things. Gay Day. The Meeting Place, the city’s oldest gay and lesbian nightclub, and rumoured to be close to closing just a couple of weeks ago. Awesome website Gay Gold Coast. Escape Bar and Club.
But we’re not a very vocal lot, as gay communities go. Why that is, I don’t really know.
Perhaps it’s because the only time our issues get an airing is when something like the whole Adult X brouhaha that happened a couple of months ago comes up. Complete with its accompanying ‘hide the children from the nasty gays’ commentariat.
And then this week, here on goldcoast.com.au, we ran a story called Gay marriage ‘only a matter of time’.
In it the latest Galaxy poll was quoted, in which it’s revealed that 75% of Australians believe same-sex marriage will be legalised in this country. Even 68% of people over 50 believe that.
Predictably, out came the haters.
“Look up the definition of marriage. It is “union of man and woman”. “Gay marriage” is a contradiction in terms. Simply not possible. What is wrong with the way things are?” asked ‘Xanthia’.
Well, Xanthia, I guess if you’re comfortable with your fellow human beings being denied basic human rights that you take for granted, then nothing, I guess.
“God, I hope it doesn’t get through. I can’t even stand the thought of my ex-husband’s gay brother being around our kids. Gives me the creeps,” said ‘lollipop’, perpetuating the age-old pile of manure equating homosexuality with pedophilia. Inaccurate in the extreme.
Let me know if you want a list of links to the research that says otherwise, lollipop, and I’ll gladly provide a page worth.
Regular commenter Bruce Whiteside said: “In this matter the moral high ground is with those who recognise a man and woman union. Always has been and always will. Live the life you want but stop flaunting it and trying to justify and legitimising it.”
Moral high ground? Oh Bruce, you disappoint me. We usually get along so well. Also, just quietly, we DO recognise a ‘man and woman union’. We’d just like reciprocal recognition.
If ‘always has been and always will’ was the way the world actually ran, then blacks would still be slaves, women wouldn’t be allowed to vote, interracial marriages wouldn’t be allowed, and Pauline Hanson would never have been allowed to stand for Parliament.
Newsflash: The world is changing. Opinions moderate. What once was considered impossible, becomes possible.
Why? Because ‘the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice’. Martin Luther King, if you were wondering.
Gay marriage is coming. You can say the polls are rigged all you like, you can rail against it all you like. All we have to do is outlive the haters. And we will.
Gay marriage is coming. Even to this conservative city.
Late breaking news: AAP reports that the Australian Labor Party has launched a website calling on members and individuals to suggest changes to party policy up for debate at the party’s national conference in December. Gay rights advocates have urged submissions be made in support of same-sex marriage, a hot topic at this year’s ALP national conference. Submissions can be made here.