Remember the lyrics to the Flintstones … especially the line ‘We’ll have a gay old time’?
What about the 1962 Sam Cooke song ‘Twistin’ The Night Away’, where he tells you about a place where the people are so gay.
Not to mention that ice-cream treat, the Golden Gaytime.
While the word gay was originally used to describe happiness and lightheartedness, it now has a very different meaning. And that’s a problem, according to outspoken MP Bob Katter.
It’s so much of a problem, he says, he wants it back from homosexuals, who he claims have ‘taken’ it. “I have a very clear idea of what is going on here: the homosexuals in Australia, they took the word gay,” he said, to Sky News, reports The Australian.
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Katter said the word had special meaning to him. “It just conjured up a beautiful image, it was the most beautiful word in the English language, and (homosexuals) said, ‘oh God we will take that word and we will have it as ours.”
Katter explained ‘they’ were now trying to do the same with marriage, referring to the vote for same-sex marriage.
“‘Oh they’ve got this thing called marriage, the other mob, we will take that too’. Well what else are they going to take? Are they going to take our freedom to say we don’t approve of what you are doing?”
Does he have a point? What does the word mean to you?