In America, when a politician compares homosexuality to bestiality, he runs for president. In Australia, he’s forced to resign.
That’s what Australian Senator Cory Bernardi did after he made a gross analogy during a debate about marriage equality.
‘The next step [after gay marriage] is having three people that love each other enter into a permanent union endorsed by society, or four people,” said Bernardi (right), a member of the Liberal Party. “There are even some creepy people out there, who say that it’s okay to have consensual sexual relations between humans and animals. Will that be a future step?”
It’s not the first time Bernardi’s attacked gay people: In 2008, he stated that “same-sex relationships are not the same as marital relationships and to treat them the same is to suspend common sense.” That same year, he also spoke out against a domestic-partnership bill supported by his own party leadership, telling his colleagues they shouldn’t “throw open the doors and welcome into the fold those whose relationships are uncharacteristic of the most basic elements of a marital union.”
Liberal Party leader Tony Abbott condemned the most recent remarks, calling them “repugnant.” Bernardi has stepped down as a shadow parliamentary secretary but will continue to represent South Australia in the Senate.
Abbott’s party stands against a marriage equality measure—which just failed to pass in the country’s House of Representatives—but he says debate on the issue must be conducted “in a civil way—and I don’t think Cory Bernardi in anyway contributed to that.”
We’re not sure why Bernardi is so down on bestiality, anyway. Obviously his wife has no problem sleeping with a jackass.