Opposition to gay marriage is like racism, says Aboriginal newsreader

Lesbian newsreader Narelda Jacobs has likened opposition to gay marriage to opposition to interracial marriages a generation ago

Opposition to gay marriage is like racism, says Aboriginal newsreader
18 June 2012

Mixed-race lesbian Australian news reader has likened opposition to gay marriage to opposition to interracial marriages a generation ago.

The face of Channel 10 news in Perth, Narelda Jacobs, whose mother is English-Irish and father is Aboriginal, said that at the time of her parents’ wedding ‘it was a major issue to have an interracial marriage’.

Jacobs said, as reported by Perth Now:

‘I’m just hoping that in years to come it’s going to be looked upon like that, just as people will now say, “I can’t believe people had an issue with a white woman marrying a black man”. I’m just hoping that one day soon people will say, “I can’t believe gays could never marry”.’

The first openly gay newsreader in Western Australia, Jacobs lives with her partner and teenage daughter in Perth.

The consensus from the Senate Inquiry into same-sex marriage in Australia will be announced later today.

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