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Tasmania: 250 attend vigil at ‘Excellent Marriage’ anti-gay marriage conference

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  1. Dylan Carmichael 18 May 2012, 1:30pm

    Well done to Rowan and everyone who voted for him! As his brother, and a gay man myself, I’m incredibly proud of him!

    1. Brilliant, I bet that came as a shock to the organisers of the competition, not quite what they had in mind at all, not at all!

  2. *Sarcasm*
    Yes, we need to retain marriage as between one man and one woman just for the sake of procreation – the orphanages still have room, and the homeless children running rampant on the streets of Tasmania need much more company. What a logical argument.

  3. So proude of you Tas! Wish I could have been there Xx.

  4. Rowan Carmichael 19 May 2012, 3:58am

    I’d just like to confirm I received the prize after the event, but that same evening from Rev Campbell Markham

  5. Allowing gay couples to marry and adopt would perpetuate the “tragedy” of anonymous Sperm donation.”

    Get real. We had a debate about this issue a few months ago and women, especially lesbians do not want the biological fathers (all men) in their lives.

    So how can a sperm donor be acknowledged for the sake of any child they they help to create. If they are denied any right. As for the child, they will always be seeking who their father’s are, regardless.

    It is wrong, full stop.

    1. What is wrong? Sperm donation or not telling a child who its father is? Or both?

  6. Amanda-Sue Markham 22 May 2012, 7:51am

    I am a bit disturbed that you say Rowan was disqualified when it was discovered he was gay. This is absolutely untrue and at no stage were organisers aware of his sexuality, nor did it have any baring on his entry video. This is sensationalism and factually wrong. We were happy to award Rowan his prize and wish him well. He is a lovely young man. Another couple of things…many uni students were handing out hot chocolates to protesters simply because it was cold. They were gratefully accepted and we went through quite a few marshmellows, I can tell you. I don’t know why anyone would say they were ‘politely refused’. Also, the numbers of protesters increases with every telling. There were 70 – 100 at the most and I’m sorry, but that’s just the truth. I was there. It was reported in Tassie there were 200, (which was doubled), then by the time it got to the mainland, another 50 had been added. Honestly is always best policy. Cheers!

    1. Karen Shirley 23 May 2012, 4:15am

      Yes Amanda, honesty is the best policy. And the honest truth about the hot chocolates is that some may have been accepted, but as for myself, my partner, and all the people I could see around me, we certainly did ‘politey refuse’ them. When asked ‘would you like a hot chocolate?’ our reply was ‘no thanks, we don’t need hot chocolate, just EQUALITY’. Honestly.

      1. Amanda-Sue Markham 25 May 2012, 8:21am

        I think you are right, some obviously were politely refused….and some not so politely!…unfortunately. Most were accepted, however once Rodney said it was ok to do so. Not sure why such a big deal was made of the hot chocolates at all really. My main point of my post was that here in Tassie the numbers in attendance were reported as 200, which was a huge exaggeration, then on the star news site, another 50 were added. Off to the UK and suddenly event organisers are disqualifying Rowan because he is gay…when they didn’t even know he was gay. I think we need to take a closer look at who is twisting the facts to incite hatred. The gay lobby want gay people to believe they are hated and discriminated against by Christian people….it suits the cause. Christians are not the only people however, who don’t want to change the marriage act. We live in a multi-cultural, multi-faith society where many, many traditions see the value of marriage as it stands.

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