Labor announced this past week that it would introduce an LGBTI “watchdog” if it is elected into office, and the role of this full-time “LGBTI Discrimination Commissioner” would cost a whopping $1.4 million over four years.
This announcement comes in addition to Labor’s promise to push same-sex marriage legislation through Parliament within the first 100 days of a Shorten Labor government, denying the Australian people their right to vote on marriage.
The new LGBTI Discrimination Commissioner will be in addition to the existing Sex Discrimination Commissioner who is already charged with ensuring Australians are not discriminated against on the grounds of sex, sexual identity, gender identity, intersex status, marital or relationship status, pregnancy, and breastfeeding.
So what would all this mean for Australians who have sincere and deeply-held convictions about marriage as the union of husband and wife? Unfortunately, there are a number of implications. By not only restricting a plebiscite but also implementing this overarching government watchdog, a specific resource for the LGBTI community, Labor is essentially saying “not only will we legalise same-sex marriage, but we’ll make sure you comply.”
That means that free speech would be censored and debate would be stifled. It means that children would be forced to participate in school programs designed to further the LGBTI agenda and parents would have no right to resist or opt-out. It means that corporations would be politically pressured into adopting policies that support the redefinition of marriage. It means that claims of discrimination would cause ordinary citizens to suffer financial costs, as well as damage to employment and reputation. It means that Australians would have to submit over and over to the wishes of a politically correct minority.
When laws are changed to restrict freedoms of speech, conscience, trade, and privacy, there are serious ramifications. In the case of same-sex marriage, there’s definitely more to it than most people think.