Marriage equality campaigner and LGBTI advocate Dr Kerryn Phelps has blasted two Australian TV shows as “a bloody insult” to gay couples.
“Tonight viewers have the glorious choice of ‘Married at First Sight’ and ‘Seven Year Switch’ on free-to-air television,” Dr Phelps (pictured, left) wrote on Facebook on Tuesday.
“What a bloody insult to those of us in committed long term same sex marriages who are not recognised under Australian law. What a disgusting affront to our children who are told by elected senators and right wing buffoons that our families are not ‘worthy’ of legal equality.”
On “Married At First Sight,” couples who have met for the first time at the altar are married, albeit not legally. “Seven-Year Switch” separates long-term heterosexual couples whose relationships are failing and pairs them up with single strangers for a fortnight.
“Here is one surreality television series showing just how ridiculously easy it is for two strangers to attain legal married status in Australia… and another showing couples in long term relationships ‘doing a switch’ for the cameras,” Dr Phelps continued.
“Not a peep from Bernardi, Abetz, Christensen et al. Seems all you need to qualify for marriage in their books is an anatomically different set of genitals.”
“I guess it would be too much to hope that viewers would turn off these gawkfests in protest.”
Dr Phelps married her partner Jackie Stricker-Phelps in New York in 2011. Her Facebook post has been shared more than 2000 times.
See Dr Phelps’ Facebook post below: