Dad's Brutally Honest Facebook Rant Defending His Gay Son Is Going Viral
Queensland, a state in Australia, changed the legal age of consent for anal sex last week.
If this sounds weird, it's because it is. Queensland was updating an old, homophobic law. The legal age of consent for other types of sex was 16 years old, but it was 18 for anal. Of course, both heterosexual and homosexual couples can have anal sex, but it's generally more prevalent among the gay community.
The law also took out use of the term "sodomy" and replaced it with "anal intercourse," which helps remove homophobic stigmas.
This law was more than just outdated silliness. It also presented health barriers for young people, who may not have sought appropriate health care for fear of being prosecuted. Now, that barrier is down.
George Christensen, a member of the Australian House of Representatives, was not as understanding about this law.
He said it was "legalizing 50-year-old men being able to sleep with 16-year-old boys." Christensen said,
Beliefs like this are based on damaging, homophobic myths. Christensen also completely discredited the idea older men could target younger women, which, OK.
Peter Roberts, 71-year-old father of Dale, who is openly gay, was having none of Christensen's homophobic bullshit. Roberts posted a comment on Christensen's Facebook, using his wife's account. His son tweeted the post, which is now going viral:
The older Roberts wrote Christensen had bought him a beer since he was a veteran who had done two tours of Vietnam. But, Roberts wrote,
Roberts went on to say his son deserves the same rights to marriage and adoption -- "and not have clowns like you who live in the past helping to run this country and make decision for us and him."
Christensen replied, continuing to insist that lowering the age of consent legalized predatory behavior (as if having 16 as the age of consent for other types of sex doesn't present the same issues for teen boys and girls).
Roberts responded, saying he was not going to continue the discussion.