I thought that I had heard every argument against allowing same-sex couples to marry but leave it up to the Abbott Administration in Australia to come up with an especially whacked out rationale. Agriculture minister Barnaby Joyce has announced that the country must preserve traditional marriage . . . for the cattle. Do it for the cattle.
Joyce warned that same-sex marriage would mark the nation as immoral and “decadent” in the eyes of its buyers: “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. They see us as decadent.”
It is not clear if the fear is gay cattle or cattle raised on a gay ranch. I am just thankful that this rationale did not make it into the dissents to Obergefell.