As I am sure everyone has heard, the US Supreme Court has ruled in favour of same sex marriage across all 50 states. However, not everyone is happy about this news. There are (for a lack of a politer sounding term) a lot of homophobic rednecks who feel threatened due to the fact people can marry whoever they love (perhaps Brokeback Mountain hits a little to close to home for them?). Unfortunately the rednecks have taken to twitter to announce they would be leaving the USA.... and would be coming to Australia.
That's right, the Australian parliament is so backwards that rednecks are seeing it as their homophobic promised land. Who is the leader of this promised land I hear you cry? Well it's none other than Tony Abbott, who I believe is becoming more and more like Australia's very own personal Voldemort. Despite the rising support from his country and around the globe for people to have the right to marry whoever they love (including his own sister who is currently in a long term same sex relationship) he refuses to change his mind. It came to a stage when opposition leader Bill Shorten wanted to introduce a bill to the parliament regarding same sex marriage, yet Tony didn't even have the courtesy to show up.
Now I don't want this to seem like an attack on Tony just for his views on sam sex marriage. It's about his entire way of thinking. When you have more Australian flags in the background of a speech than you do women in you parliamentary cabinet, you have a problem. Or when push for coal and fossil fuels because you think green energy looks ugly.
He's supported by his own personal Wormtail (another harry potter reference, I have to assume everyone has seen the movies or read the books) Joe Hockey. Mr Hockey, Australia's treasurer, has some stunning views. One of my personal favourites being "rising fuel costs won't matter because poor people don't drive" or his advice on buying a new home "get a good job that pays good money". I'm glad he was there to tell me the last one because I would never have been able to figure that out.
Tony blatantly goes against basic human rights when it comes to asylum seekers. According to the Australian Human Rights Commission All people have a fundamental human right to seek asylum from persecution. Instead of helping these people find a place away from their war torn countries where they are being persecuted. Yet Mr Abbott decides this means he can throw alyssum seekers into a detention centre in Indonesia which is full of sexual assault and abuse.
This man is skyrocketing Australia all the way back to the 50's and seems quite happy to do so. We need a change, and we need it soon. Let's hope we can join the rest of Western Civilisation and legalise same sex marriage, it's the first step of many that we need to take to start making this world a better place.