Recently in Australia there has been a lot of debate and vilification on both sides of the Marriage equality debate.
Cate McGregor makes a good point about the the Equality movement and about the sometimes heavy handed bullying that comes from both sides. I often think about the irony that there are people on both sides of the debate who complain that their right to free speech is being silenced whilst they seek to restrict the rights of others to do the same. There is however a difference between opinion and hate speech and the right to free speech is not a get out of jail free card when it comes to the consequences of your message.
Young LGBTI people are one of the most at risk groups of suicide in our community and people like Margaret Court should be held to account for voicing opinions and views that are contrary to fact and that can cause great harm to the mental health of young people all over our country.
Cate McGregor is correct when she says we must maintain the moral high ground even if doing so means that we have to work harder and strive harder than our opponents. What we need right now in our homes and in the media are kind, measured, articulate responses that inspire like the one above.
Cates message was a reply to the interview you can watch below. Do you believe the interview was disrespectful? Do you think that views like these should be open to ridicule or are they valid?