Despite the dire warnings of naysayers over 20 countries around the world now offer same-sex, bringing joy to millions.
However, LGBTI campaigners and allies continue to fight for it in other countries. This includes Taiwan, Australia and Northern Ireland (the only part of the UK that currently does not allow same-sex marriages to take place).
To back up their arguments, opponents of same-sex marriage have come out with some spurious claims. The most recent is an Australian senator pondering that if people of the same sex can marry, what’s to stop people marrying anything they like.
Here are just some of the more ridiculous statements about what might happen – or has happened – because of gay people walking down the aisle.
1. People might end up marrying bridges
In an interview this week with Buzzfeed, Australian Liberal party senator Eric Abetz, explained his concerns about same-sex marriage, including the idea that it would lead to people marrying inanimate objects. Asked directly if this could include the Sydney Harbour Bridge, he replied.
‘Why not? Why not.
‘Look, I would like to think that that is taking the argument to the limit, but the issue is if we are judging this solely on a person’s view of what love is to them, and people [ask] me, “how can you judge somebody else’s love?”, then I think you’ve got to accept that love is love and that’s the slogan.
‘There are people that are actually saying they want to marry the Eiffel Tower. There are people that say we want a threesome marriage, and “who are you to judge that marriage should only be between two people?”.’
2. Men might end up marrying dogs
In remarks that he probably regrets ever making, the UK’s current Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson (above), made it clear that he was unsure about allowing gay people to marry.
In his 2001 book Friends, Voters, Countrymen, published before he became an MP, he said: ‘If gay marriage was OK – and I was uncertain on the issue – then I saw no reason in principle why a union should not be consecrated between three men, as well as two men; or indeed three men and a dog.’
He has since changed his views. He made a video statement for the Out4Marriage campaign in the UK in 2012, when he was mayor of London, saying same-sex couples should be allowed to enjoy the ‘happy state’ of marriage.
Evangelist Pat Robertson has also equated same-sex marriage with bestiality, saying in 2015: ‘Watch what happens, love affairs between men and animals are going to be absolutely permitted. Polygamy, without question, is going to be permitted. And it will be called a right.’
3. It will lead to the legalization of polygamous marriage
This argument comes up repeatedly from some same-sex marriage opponents. Indeed, one of the US Supreme Court judges involved in the vote on same-sex marriage. The vote was passed 5-4. One of the four to vote against it was Chief Justice John Roberts, who said:
‘I do not mean to equate marriage between same-sex couples with plural marriages in all respects. There may well be relevant differences that compel different legal analysis. But if there are, petitioners have not pointed to any.’
The argument has also been voiced by former Republican Presidential hopeful, Ben Carson.
‘If you change the definition of marriage for one group, what defense do you have for the next group that comes along and wants it changed?’ he said to radio host Eric Metaxas in 2015, suggesting polygamy is ‘the natural next question … And on it goes from there.’
4. It will prompt extreme weather conditions
In 2014, a councilor for British political party UKIP blamed a spate of extreme weather conditions and flooding on the passing of same-sex marriage legislation. That proved even too much for the right-wing leaning UKIP, who suspended David Silvester from the party.
The Westboro Baptist Church have also been keen to blame earthquakes and other natural disasters on the victim county’s attitude towards same-sex marriage and LGBTI rights. In 2012, they and other extreme preachers said Hurricane Sandy was due to #FagMarriage
5. Gravity could be turned upside down
Ahead of the US Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage, Governor Mike Huckabee said that, ‘The Supreme Court can no more repeal the laws of nature and nature’s God on marriage than it can the laws of gravity.’
The Supreme Court can no more repeal the laws of nature and nature's God on marriage than it can the laws of gravity.
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) June 26, 2015
As we all know, the US Supreme Court went on to rule same-sex marriage constitutional. Gravity was not altered in any way.
Huckabee has consistently gone on to defend his view, saying the US Supreme Court ruling is the ‘law of the land’ only and it’s wrong to insist Christians adhere to it if it conflicts with their faith.
6. It might lead people to re-consider whether murder is a bad thing after all
Michael Reagan, the son of late US President Ronald Reagan, is not a fan of same-sex marriage, and in 2016 wrote a critique of the Republican party for not doing more to oppose it.
‘It’s ultimately about changing the culture of the entire country; it inevitably will lead to teaching our public school kids that gay marriage is a perfectly fine alternative and no different than traditional marriage.
‘There is also a very slippery slope leading to other alternative relationships and the unconstitutionality of any law based on morality. Think about polygamy, bestiality, and perhaps even murder.’