Tasmanian Greens leader Cassy O’Connor has cited her personal daughter’s bullying expertise in a passionate letter rejecting an MP’s claim of becoming bullied by identical-sex marriage advocates.
Last month Labor MP Madeleine Ogilvie voted against a tri-partisan motion in help of exact same-sex marriage.
Final Sunday, some Labor members who support same-sex marriage gathered outdoors Ms Ogilvie’s workplace and staged a protest. They drew a rainbow in chalk on the pavement.
Ms Ogilvie vented her objections on Facebook, claiming to have been bullied by “threatening … intimidating, thuggish behaviour”.
“I will not be bullied by a small group of people who say they want tolerance, but behave with anything but tolerance,” she wrote.
“Techniques of intimidation, house harm and bullying on social media … are fully unacceptable,” she added.
Ms O’Connor addressed Ms Ogilvie in a letter posted on Facebook on Friday afternoon, saying it had taken a handful of days to digest Ms Ogilvie’s bullying claims.
“You see, ironically, the day you claimed to have been bullied as a outcome of your regressive stance on marriage equality was the day my very same-sex attracted 17-year-old daughter came house in tears since some kids in town had been calling her a dyke,” Ms O’Connor wrote.
“This is what LGBTI young men and women experience on a close to daily basis. This is what an unequal society appears and feels like.”
By Saturday morning, the post had received a lot more than 4,200 likes and had been shared a lot more than 1,000 times.
The majority of comments on the post had been overwhelmingly constructive.
Ms O’Connor, who moved the motion final month, told Ms Ogilvie she ought to “cop it on the chin and move on”, offering her advice to “think just before you ever press send or post on a public message”.
“You are not the victim here and it was silly to claim so,” she wrote.
“My second piece of tips is to don’t forget that being in politics is never ever about you.”
Ms Ogilvie, who was tagged in the post, has not responded to the comments.
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