In 1997 Tasmania became the last Australia state to decriminalise homosexual activity between consenting males.
A propos of this I can recall one of my favourite cartoons of the day. There’s a very Aussie male wearing a dinkum hat and singlet as he waits in line at the airport in Hobart.
His comment is:-
“First it was illegal, then it was tolerated and then it became legal. I’m getting out of here before it becomes compulsory.”
So why am I recalling this cartoon today? Well, it’s got to do with the ruling in Northern Ireland which fined a devoutly Christian bakery for refusing to bake a cake promoting gay marriage.
This was a case of discrimination, the female judge declared.
According to the judge the bakery was conducting a business for profit. Hmm… very unusual motive. “They are in the business of providing services for all. The law requires them to do so,” she declared.
My question is ” If Ashers were a halal or kosher food store would the owners have to supply a pork hamburger to anyone who demanded it?
The reason for not doing so surely would be the same as the Ashers bakery case. It is against their religious beliefs.
As I hinted above, there will be a day when we will have to come to terms with our sexuality…heterosexuality, that is.