Astonishingly, Labour MP Louisa Wall, sponsor and promoter of the Marriage (Redefinition of Marriage) Amendment Bill, and MP John Hayes, stated in their respective contributions to the First Reading of the Bill, that first century Rome and Emperor Nero were societal models for same-sex marriages between men.
What they failed to inform parliament was that while Rome tolerated the marriage of homosexual men it also tolerated incestuous marriages. No mention was made of the fact that Nero was renowned for his vile acts of brutality and depravity.
As Benjamin Wiker PhD states:
The historian Tacitus [56 - 117 AD] reported that under Nero, tyrannical passion, the hubris of proclaimed divinity, the corruption of power, and “every filthy depraved act, licit and illicit” seemed to reach an imperial peak. Nero not only had a passion for “freeborn boys” but also for quite literally marrying other men and even a boy, sometimes playing the part of the woman in the union and sometimes the man.
Gay ‘marriage’ was celebrated by a select number of Roman emperors – a spin-off of the general cultural affirmation of homosexuality.
The drive for same-sex ‘marriage’ cannot be couched (by its proponents) as a seamless advance on the civil rights movement…. [it] is not yet another sexual innovation peculiar to our “enlightened age” but a return to pre-Christian pagan sexuality.
Romans adopted the pederasty of the Greeks (aimed generally at boys between the ages of 12 and 18) and generally involving a “freeborn man” and his slave boys or those of others.
See full article by Benjamin Wiker PhD
The Catholic World Report, 22 May 2012.
Gay ‘Marriage’ – Nothing New Under the Sun