Christian Leader: If Marriage Equality is Legalized in Australia, People Will Assume I’m Gay

Here’s a question every anti-gay bigot should be able to answer: Since you oppose marriage equality, how will legalizing it affect your life?

In the case of Australian Christian Lobby head Lyle Shelton, the answer is that people will assume he’s gay. Which is apparently an awful thing that can never, ever be corrected.

The clip begins at the 12:29 mark.


If the definition of marriage is changed, it’s no longer assumed that millions of people like myself who are married, it’s assumed I’m married to a woman. That affects me straight away… People no longer assume that I’m married to a woman. I have to explain myself.

Besides the fact that being scared of a two-second conversation with a stranger is enough reason for him to oppose civil rights for an entire group of people, his premise is just flat-out wrong. The “default” will remain with the majority — people are much more likely to think gay people are straight than the other way around.

But consider this: Being temporarily thought of as gay is the worst consequence he can imagine if marriage equality is enacted.

Personally, I’d be more worried about my faith-based bigotry being exposed to the world. But that’s because I have a conscience.

Shelton’s response is all the more reason to make marriage equality a reality in the country. It won’t hurt anyone. His answer proves it.

(Thanks to Stephen for the link)

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