Anti same sex marriage advocates are complaining the media is biased – and it is. That’s what happens when the choice is truth or hate.
So, apparently the press has a bias towards same sex marriage. If you watched Media Watch or Q&A last night or have listened to the conservative commentators, we are not respecting the views of those opposed to marriage equality or giving them equal voice in the debate.
As Mamamia is part of the media pack, we would like say that this accusation is spot on. Too right we have an intractable bias towards marriage equality. And here is the reason why. Journalists deal in facts and the arguments against are simply not based in truth.
Mostly, they stem from religious conviction. Religion is something you must have faith in and faith is defined as “strong belief in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual conviction rather than proof”. When I last looked, it was not the job of the media to document “spiritual conviction” but instead to compile and deliver verified information.
Other than religious conviction, other anti marriage equality arguments appear to be based on bigotry and homophobia. Pure and simple. Old-fashioned ignorance dressed up as conviction. There is no humanitarian ground for an argument against that doesn’t have a xenophobic basis.
On last night’s ABC Q&A program, we saw what happens when both sides of the debate are discussed openly – ugly accusations, offensive comments and nonsensical arguments. It was an opportunity for those opposed to vent.
Perhaps the best example came from US author and anti same sex marriage advocate Katy Faust, who proclaimed that same sex parents are harmful to their children. As the daughter of a gay couple, she believes she knows this as truth. Despite her belief that there is research to back up this argument, if Faust was a journalist, she would no doubt research deeper and fund innumerable studies and research which vehemently counters this argument.