Peter Roberts, a 71-year-old dad of Queensland, Australia, stood up against a homophobic politician on Facebook and it was the best thing ever.
Queensland recently lowered the age of consent for anal sex to 16 years of age. Australian Conservative MP George Christensen didn’t like such a decision and went off on a homophobic rant on social media, saying, “Do we really want 16 year old boys being preyed upon and groomed by much older men for what is now legal sex?”
Roberts, a constituent and long-time party supporter of Christensen, was not happy with Christensen’s response and told him so in a great way. With no social media presence of his own, Roberts hacked his wife’s Facebook and responded to Christensen’s anti-gay rant and it’s gone viral on Twitter since.
It begins with Roberts recounting a time he met Christensen: “A few Anzac years ago you bought me a beer, as a 20 plus veteran with two tours of Vietnam. if you did it now I would tip the bloody thing over your head.” Yeah, this dad is not happy.
Roberts then hits Christensen with a refute to his homophobic argument that older gay men will “prey” on younger gay men with such a law: “So it is alright for old men like me to try and find a younger women but not a Gay man.”
And if Roberts wasn’t our hero already, he adds, “[My son] should have the same rights as I have to Marry, to adopt if he and his partner wants to and not have clowns like you who live in the past helping to run this country and make decision for us and him.”
Roberts also tells Christensen to ask for him if he ever visits the Reef Gateway Hotel at Cannovale and let’s him know that he got off easy as his wife would have been harsher.
— Dale Roberts (@ozdale) September 17, 2016
Dale, Roberts’ son, was super proud of his dad, as any son might be: “He’s very quietly supportive of me (he met my partner for first time recently at mum and dad’s 40th wedding anniversary), I think he’s just frustrated that we don’t have the same rights and opportunities he does.”
He also told Buzzfeed, “I think dad’s post and the reason it’s gone off is because people can relate to the frustration with it all, marriage equality can happen immediately.”
“Let’s get it done and treat all Australian people and families the same.”