Consequences of legalising same sex ‘marriage’ overseas (continued…)

The legalisation of same-sex marriage (or just the push for it) has had the following consequences:

* Tennis great Margaret Court came under attack when she expressed opposition to same-sex marriage early in 2012. Court was accused of spreading “hateful comments” and “inciting the bigots out there” by same-sex marriage activist Kerryn Phelps.5 Court said she felt stunned, victimised, and the target of a “relentless hate campaign” for simply stating her views.6

* Former Victorian Premier Jeff Kennett was subjected to similarly vicious attacks after writing that man-woman marriage was the best environment in which to raise children.7 Kennett spoke from his experience as leader of Beyond Blue, having observed a rise in anxiety among very young children that is often “a direct result” of their family situations. Following outrage from homosexual activists, Kennett backtracked on his statements “in an apparent bid to mollify the gay and lesbian community”.8

* Toowoomba GP David van Gend was forced to attend mediation before the Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland after expressing similar views which “offended” a homosexual man.9

* Also in 2011, a respected Canadian sports anchor was fired after expressing support for the traditional definition of marriage. Damian Goddard used Twitter to express his opinion on marriage, a decision which led to his dismissal from the television station, Sportsnet.14

* In 2011, Peter Vidmar was chosen to be chef de mission for the United States at the 2012 London Olympics. Dual gold-medallist Vidmar had been involved with the Olympic movement in the USA for more than 20 years but was pressured to resign because he had supported Proposition 8, the measure which defined marriage as between a man and a woman in California.15

You have been warned!

5 Tanya Nolan (January 13, 2012), ‘Tennis great accused of inciting gay hatred’, ABC News,
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-01-13/tennis-great-accused-of-inciting-gay-hatred/3771854
6 Aaron Langmaid (January 24, 2012), ‘Hatred stuns tennis great Margaret Court’, Herald Sun,
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/morenews/hatred-stuns-tennis-great-court/story-fn7x8me2-1226251748152
7 Jeff Kennett (September 9, 2011), ‘Children need mum and dad for best mental health’, Herald Sun,
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/opinion/children-need-mum-and-dad-for-best-mental-health/story-e6frfhqf-1226132579875
8 Melissa Fyfe (October 6, 2011), ‘Kennett reversal on gay parenting’, The Age,
http://www.theage.com.au/national/kennett-reversal-ongay-parenting-20111005-1l9pu.html
9 Angela Shanahan (October 15, 2011), ‘Discrimination police indulging in gay abandon’, The Australian,
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/opinion/discrimination-police-indulging-in-gay-abandon/story-e6frg6zo-1226167016741
14 Cathal Kelly (May 12, 2011), ‘Fired Sportsnet host Damian Goddard ‘stands by’ tweets’, The Toronto Star,
http://www.thestar.com/sports/article/989686–fired-sportsnet-host-damian-goddard-stands-by-tweets
15 Juliet Macur (May 11, 2011), ‘For Some Sports Figures, Opinions Have a Price’, The New York Times,
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/12/sports/olympics/gay-marriage-stance-costs-vidmar-olympic-role.html?_r=2