A northern Australian politician wants the word gay back from LGBTI people.
He’s the head of his own Katter’s Australia Party and told Sky News he was upset LGBTI people had stolen ‘the most beautiful word in the English language’.
Katter’s comments come amid a tense campaign for marriage equality ahead of a national postal survey on the issue.
He said LGBTI people took the word gay and would next come for marriage.
‘I have a very clear idea of what is going on here: the homosexuals in Australia, they took the word gay,’ he said.
if bob katter would like to fight me for the word gay, i am happy to meet him near the flag pole after school https://t.co/Q422Z9jZis
— Bec Shaw (@Brocklesnitch) August 24, 2017
Love for gay
Katter said he fell in love with the word gay when he was in high school after reading the Rape of the Lock. A line in the text said ‘then Belinda smiled and all the world was gay’.
‘It just conjured up a beautiful image, it was the most beautiful word in the English language, and (homosexuals) said, ‘oh God we will take that word and we will have it as ours’,’ Katter said.
‘‘Oh they’ve got this thing called marriage, the other mob, we will take that too’. Well what else are they going to take? Are they going to take our freedom to say we don’t approve of what you are doing?”
Katter seemed very worried that LGBTI people would also claim marriage as they’re own. He said they would ‘take it’ away from straight people.
‘I don’t want them abrogating to themselves the right to take the most beautiful word in the English language and saying, ‘oh now that’s mine’,’ he said.
‘If you want to have an arrangement of your own well have an arrangement of your own, call it what you like we will pass laws for you, but don’t take it off us.
‘And that is what is happening here, they are taking it away from us, the same as the most beautiful word in the English language was taken away from all of us and they took it for themselves.’