Marriage equality advocates have dismissed as irrelevant the possibility, raised by Agriculture Minister, Barnaby Joyce, that Asian countries may see marriage equality as “decadent”.
Joyce’s comment echoed Senator Eric Abetz who earlier this week said Australia shouldn’t allow marriage equality because our Asian neighbours haven’t.
Australian Marriage Equality national director, Rodney Croome, said,
“Several of our Asian neighbours allow polygamy and criminalise homosexuality, things most Australians find abhorrent.”
“The only relevant international benchmark are those countries closest to us in law, history, culture and language – countries like New Zealand, Canada, the UK, the US and Ireland – all of which have marriage equality.”
“Australians will not be guided by what some Chinese or Burmese official thinks is ‘decadent’.”