Once a darling of the LGBTI community, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will not be invited to the Mardi Gras parade next year, in retaliation for his support of a plebiscite to allow the Australian people to decide the issue of marriage.
At this year’s annual general meeting, the membership of the Mardi Gras passed a motion which certified that Turnbull will not be given an official invitation to the lesbian and gay pride parade in 2017. The Guardian reported:
The motion read that the meeting “does not believe that a prime minister who denies us equality should be welcome as an official guest at our parade”. It directed the Mardi Gras board to “issue a public statement as it applies to the current prime minister Malcolm Turnbull and the 2017 Mardi Gras parade”.
Conservative commentator, Andrew Bolt commented on the hypocrisy of the situation:
Turnbull is still free to turn up in the crowd but will not be among the VIPs if the Mardi Gras board accepts the vote of its members.
And why? Because activist Cat Rose of Community Action Against Homophobia, who brought forward the motion, claims he has allegedly “denied equality” to gays and lesbians.
He’s instead brought “even more homophobic attacks in the form of the plebiscite” — his plan, now killed by the Senate, for a public vote to decide whether to legalise same sex marriage.
What a smear. What hypocrisy, too, given Rose herself demanded a plebiscite only three years ago. Back then she complained that gays and lesbians “shouldn’t be made to wait indefinitely for (politicians) to get their act together”.
A plebiscite was the short cut to gay marriage, because “the average person is much more accepting than the homophobes that occupy our parliament”. Rose then had no doubt that a plebiscite would succeed: “Put it to us and it will pass.”
Turnbull simply believes today what Rose did just three years ago...
It seems that Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s long-time support of the LGBTI movement and same-sex marriage is not enough for the Mardi Gras organisers; he must also agree with their methods or be ostracised from a community which claims to espouse “tolerance.”
Since he has not immediately capitulated to the LGBTI agenda – in standing by his election promises – Prime Minister Turnbull has been cast out. As Bolt writes:
The intolerance of the tolerance lobby is only too obvious, when it denounces even its friends as evil.
The supposedly tolerant have again shown their true colours, showing they are ready to attack anyone who does not immediately submit to their agenda. Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull, outspoken supporter of the LGBTI movement and gay marriage, is now an enemy to the LBGTI community – because he followed through on his promise to Australian voters.
The irony is extreme: the activists who preach “inclusivity” and “equality” discriminate against those who support honest, fair discussions and processes to settle the issue. The LGBTI community has publically snubbed one of their most well-known supporters. Quite the beacon of tolerance.