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Silencing Folau with queer fascism betrays our gay marriage victory

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03.05.2019

I think Israel Folau's views make him a Neanderthal; he thinks I am a sinner. I should be able to say so and keep my job. So should he.

Marriage equality activists won over Australians not by silencing the opposition but by winning the argument. I was one of them, and last year I married my fiancee, Robyn Grace, after a 34-year engagement.

Dawn Grace-Cohen with her wife, Robyn Grace, who was arrested in 1978 during the first Mardi Gras protests. Credit:Nick Moir

Resorting to bully tactics now against people who oppose us betrays that victory. We have asked the country to celebrate our diversity, but that means we must also celebrate diversity of opinion.

Historically, the church tried to annihilate alternative viewpoints. Remember Galileo, who was imprisoned for life for asserting the planet was round when the Catholic Church believed it was flat. Darwin was also given a rough trot.

Dictators on the left and the right have a poor track record in tolerating opposition. Now a queer fascism that rules through fear rather than reasoned persuasion is gaining momentum. First they came for Germaine Greer for speaking her mind on transgender ideology. Then they took jobs away from musicians who refused to comply with a queer boycott of the Michigan Women's........

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