GATHERING SUPPORT: Glenn Lazarus with members of the Brisbane Gay and Lesbian Pride Choir.
GATHERING SUPPORT: Glenn Lazarus with members of the Brisbane Gay and Lesbian Pride Choir. Rob Williams

Gay marriage debate stirs up Facebook community

THE question of gay marriage stirred up some passionate debate among the QT's Facebook followers over the weekend.

But as with the weekend's Marriage Equality Rally through the centre of Ipswich, it appears a very vocal minority is stirring up a negative side of the debate.

A lone protestor disrupted Saturday's rally as Deputy Mayor Victor Attwood attempted to open proceedings.

The individual was eventually ushered back out the front door.

On Facebook over the weekend, the QT asked readers for its thoughts on Greens Senator Larissa Waters and her urging of Ipswich residents to send a message to Blair MP Shayne Neumann to change his stance on the issue of gay marriage.

Ms Waters' message came after an estimated 200 people attended the rally.

Vic Haselich was steadfast in his point of view on the matter, however: "Definitely not! Good on you Shayne! Marriage is between a man and a woman only, anything else is not marriage but a sick perversion."

Melanie Rose said it was not a matter of religion: "Again Vic, marriage is a law in Australia not a religion. In his maiden speech, Shayne himself said religion and state are two separate entities. Maybe he needs to revisit his speech. As I see it, religion - and yes mostly extremist religion - is doing the world no favour at the moment."

Debra Grading accused Vic Haselich of bigotry: "You again Vic Haselich. You keep trolling your bigotry maybe it's you that needs to go back to the trees."

This comment infuriated an already volatile Mr Haselich, who made no attempt to conceal his emotions.

"Yes me again! Its people like you who are the bigots! Keep your filth where it belongs; back under rocks. At least I haven't lowered my standards like you or the greens."

It was a shame the argument deteriorated into name calling from this point. Some other readers were able to express their views without getting personal.

Gayle Wiley added: "Gay marriage; I Am all for it. People should be able to marry who they want to. Everybody has a right to happiness."

Charles Bill was against making changes to marriage laws: "Definitely not. Good on you Shayne. Marriage is between a man and a woman only."



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