Brendan O'Neill: [freak out; streak; eject; in hell; horrendous; um and ah] Here is what freaks me out about gay marriage. It presents itself as this kind of liberal civil rights issue, but it has this really ugly intolerant streak to it. Anyone who opposes gay marriage is demonised, harassed, we've seen people thrown out off their jobs because they criticised gay marriage. We've seen people ejected from polite society. You know 200 years ago, if you did not believe in God, you wouldn't have a hope in hell of getting ahead in public life. Today, if you don't believe in gay marriage, you don't have a hope in hell of getting ahead in public life. There is a real ugly element to this and I think, you know, you really see it with the whole cake shop phenomenon, this whole thing around western world where people are going to Christian traditional bake shop - cake shop and saying to them: hey you stupid Christians make this cake for me, and if they don't, they call the police. There are equality cases. Shops have closed down. It's like a 21st century form of religious persecution. It's a horrendous and I think, you know, of course, some people support gay marriage just we've heard, that's absolutely fine. But what is extraordinary and unacceptable is that they can not tolerate the existence of people who do not support gay marriage and I think we sometimes fail to understand how extraordinary that is, and I think the reason Tony Abbott is very defensive on this issue and is erming and ahhing and shifting from the free vote to the not free vote and all this stuff. He clearly has a problem with gay marriage, but he can not articulate it because we live in a climate in which it's not acceptable, as we've just seen in Sam's attack on Katy, calling her a hateful and saying she's talking claptrap. It's not acceptable to express this sentiment in public life, and I think,
1. extremely unpleasant and unacceptable;
2. extremely shocking.
um and ah:
to be unable to decide what to do in a situation;