As Australians prepare to share their views on marriage equality in an unnecessary, non-binding postal vote later this year, a group of anti-gay straight people have decided their feelings are worthy of a protest.
“We believe tradition is important, and the biological institution of marriage should not be redefined to suit a minority sexual orientation,” the right-wing Party For Freedom leader Nick Folkes wrote on Facebook.
While LGB people may be a minority in the country, and indeed the world, a 2016 Gallup poll found that 61% of Australians support same-sex marriage, which most definitely isn’t a minority.
And considering less than 50 people turned up to an anti-gay marriage rally in the United States this year, we have a slight feeling that Straight Lives Matter won’t exactly do much better…
The protest will be held on 23 September in Taylor Square, the centre of Sydney’s LGBT+ scene, presumably in an attempt to inflict maximum emotional damage to the community.
“Why would you rally in the middle of gay Sydney?” asked one Facebook commenter. “Obviously not going to change the minds of the locals, which makes the purpose of your rally impotent.
“I guess the real reason for the location has to be to give your hate speech a platform where it will be heard by LGBTI people. Not subtle. Not O.K.”
Unsurprisingly, many others used the comments section to poke fun at the rally’s ridiculous nature.
“Think of all of the salty male tears! Sounds excellent!” added one Facebook user. “Will this finish up with all of you standing around in a circle having a cry-wank about how oppressed you are?”
Australia’s ruling Liberal party was re-elected last year after pledging to hold a plebiscite (a public vote) on marriage equality, however it was blocked by the Senate following criticism it would be expensive and not legally binding.
But during a special meeting earlier this month, the conservative Liberal party announced that they will once again push for a plebiscite, except this time it would be in the form of a postal vote.
Critics have argued that a public vote and the debate that it will encourage will give homophobes a platform to voice hate – which it already has.
Last year, Kylie Minogue and her ex-fiance Joshua Sasse famously stated that they wouldn’t tie the knot until same-sex couples could do the same, and introduced the highly-publicised Say ‘I Do’ Down Under campaign.
Their campaign was backed by a number of celebrities including Natalie Imbruglia, Margot Robbie, Jake Shears and even Dolly Parton.
Celebrities aren’t the only ones to show support for equality in Australia, as Ben & Jerry’s recently banned customers from buying two scoops of the same flavour until same-sex couples can marry.