The Australian Deputy PM says marriage equality would be harmful for cattle

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Australia’s anti-gay marriage Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce once claimed that equal marriage could have a negative influence on the cattle trade. And we guess we are not the only ones who find such claims ridiculous. “Where we live economically is south-east Asia, that’s where our cattle go. When we go there, there are judgments whether you like it or not that are made about us,” he told ABC, “They see us as decadent.” I think that in some instances they would [see same-sex marriage as decadent].” Mr Joyce insisted that he would be right because “every child has a right, absolute right to know her or his mother and father”. He also said that most of Australians, mildly speaking, don’t care whether marriage equality is legalized or not. He insisted: “I don’t think if you go and pass a piece of legislation and say a diamond is a square makes diamonds squares — they’re two different things,” he said. “It’s not making a value judgement about either.”

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