Winston Churchill famously said “democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the other forms that have been tried”.
Need proof? I present the proposed plebiscite on gay marriage.
Malcolm Turnbull and the decent humans of the Liberal party, led by Warren Entsch, have spent the last day constricting themselves into ever more convoluted and tighter coils trying to wiggle out of their party’s absurd position on gay marriage.
Under Abbott there would be a plebiscite after the next election and then legislation depending on the result. The new proposal is for parliament to pass laws that will only come into force if the plebiscite succeeds.
Frankly I’d rather have the issue resolved through a dance-off. Let both sides express their position through interpretative dance and see who bloody wins.
Democracy through boogie.
While the result of the dance-off will be the same as the plebiscite (the gays will win) at least we’ll get to witness some almighty ass-shaking. Because a plebiscite on gay marriage, like a reluctant wrist job, satisfies no one. The main function of a plebiscite, given nearly 70% of the population support gay marriage, will be to spend $140 million giving a megaphone to people who despise homosexuality, as Bill Shorten, quite eloquently pointed out today. And when Bill’s being eloquent, you know something’s wrong.
“A plebiscite could act as a lightning rod for the very worst of the prejudice so many LGBTI Australians endure,” he said.
Yep. But, if we have to have a plebiscite, I’ve got a modest proposal of my own I’d like considered. An important part of the logic of the homophobe lobby is that gay people have made a “lifestyle choice”, and that requiring the rest of society to recognise and respect that “choice” is oppressive.
Never mind that the best scientific minds who’ve studied the causes of homosexuality universally agree that, whatever the precise cause (and there’s debate about whether genetics, hormonal conditions inside the mother’s womb, or the conditions in which a child is raised have a bigger impact) there’s no element of choice.
Of course we all make lifestyle choices. We choose the music we listen to, the clothes we wear, the hairstyle we adopt, the dog we buy, our religion, our life philosophy and politics, the car we drive, and much, much more. And sometimes those choices have social consequences. We get bullied, ostracised, fired, misrepresented, sometimes arrested, and sometimes killed.