Like many people, I was appalled by what Joe Hockey said on Monday night on ABC’s Q&A about same-sex marriage and parenting, so I wrote to him to express my concern. What struck me most about the events of the last five minutes of the show was how disappointed in himself Joe looked when his own words were spoken back to him. If you missed that, take a look at the episode and have a look at the reaction on his face when the man in the audience speaks to him. I don’t think it was his proudest moment:
I wrote to Mr Hockey to highlight this. I told him that I think he is a reasonable man, only trying to do what is right, however much I disagree with his perspective. I asked him if, in 18 years time when Alexandra (Penny Wong’s daughter) is a bright, healthy and happy young woman, he will admit that what he said last night was wrong. I explained to Mr Hockey that I will be an in-service primary school teacher at the end of this year and asked if I will be somehow less qualified to teach and care for 30 children each day because of my sexuality. I told him if he truly believed that the best circumstances for children are for them to grow up with a mother and a father, then I look forward to seeing him introduce legislation to ban single-parent adoption and foster care, and to begin a program that removed children from their family if their parents separate or one of them pass away.
I told Mr Hockey that if he opposes same-sex marriage because he finds homosexuality irksome, he should just say so and that I believe he is reasonable enough to not comment on the subject again unless he can provide a logical explanation for his opinion.
I continued by telling Mr Hockey that I truly hope his position can “evolve” like President Obama’s has and that I look forward to hearing his public apology to all the same-sex attracted children across the country who heard his words last night and took them into their hearts, wrongly believing them to be true.
I ended my email “thank you for your time and kind regards, Andrew Clifton”.