Maybe I’m a bit strange but it occurs to me that casting a vote purely on the basis of your sexuality is a pretty dumb way to exercise your democratic franchise. I share this insight because there’s a campaign underway within the gay community to punish the ALP for supporting the Coalition’s marriage bill. This brilliant strategy involves giving one’s first preference to the Greens (of course) but the fatal drawback as far as I’m concerned is that you’d have to – well – vote for the Greens.
“It would teach them a lesson,” I’m constantly assured but I’m more inclined to the view that the proponents of this initiative need a lesson in what motivates people to vote in a particular way. Who you have sex with doesn’t seem to me to be much of a prime motivator in that respect. Unless a particular candidate was exceptionally hot and willing to have sex with you of course but, inevitably, they wouldn’t respect you in the morning anyway. All tousled sheets, smeared How-To-Vote cards and dawn-lit disillusion.
I’ve changed the title of this post because the original one seemed to uncannily precipitate an avalanche of ‘medicinal’ spam.
Certainly Nicola Roxon’s vote-for-us appearance before an anti-gay marriage assemblage of self-appointed “Christians” in the Great Hall of Parliament was a tad ill-advised. But I don’t think that Nicola’s in any danger of being unseated by a Green wave of outraged poofs. The only two seats where such an effect might be vaguely feasible are Grayndler and Sydney. Anthony Albanese and Tanya Plibersek are the respective sitting members and despite being resolute heterosexuals, they’re both more enthusiastic about gay marriage than I am.
Indeed, that’s another fatal flaw in the “poofs vote Green” strategy. Overwhelmingly, Gay Australia is seemingly more interested in watching paint dry than we are in the vexed question of whether we should be able to participate in matrimonial bliss. The general view seems to shape as, “of course gay people should be able to marry if we want to. But why would we want to?” Submissions to the Senate Committee considering the bill came in at 100 against and 12,000 for. Demonstrations organised against the bill in Sydney – alleged Gay Capital of the Southern Hemisphere – have attracted a couple of hundred bods at most, tramping around glumly under a sea of banners, including prominently, those of the Socialist Alliance. I wondered – briefly – what Leon Trotsky would have made of it all.
I’m going to vote Labor despite Nicola’s faux pas. I’ll leave it up to Latham to make her Minister with Special Responsibility For the Hillsong Vote as punishment.