Australian Senator Lucy Gichuhi, while speaking on the “unintended consequences” of legalising same-sex marriage in the country, opened up on how her brother was forced to wear girl’s clothes when they were growing up in Kenya.
Gichuhi said she has never disclosed the issue since moving to the country from Kenya because in her traditions and culture discourages open sex talks.
She said one of her brothers had been dressed in hand-me-down girls’ clothing as a young child because their family could not afford new clothes for him.
“As soon as he was old enough to realise what was going on — that he was a boy dressed in girl’s clothes — he became outraged and ran off to live with our cousins next door who had more boys than girls in their family,’’ Senator Gichuhi said.
“He had had enough of it! Poor boy, after him, three more sisters showed up before the next brother arrived.
“At that time, I thought nothing of it. I wonder what my brother would say if we were growing up in Australia today? How would it have played out for him now?”
The Kenyan-born politician said pressure on the government to redefine marriage was not necessarily the majority view.
Just because other countries had legalised same-sex marriage did not mean Australia had to, she said.
“If we experiment with marriage this time around, what is next? How far is too far? What will society look like in four or five generations to come?
“Society changes as it grows but it could lead to unintended consequences that could encroach into other aspects of society as we know it.”
In conclusion the senator said we should not ‘disturb ancient stones’.
“Let us not remove or disturb the ancient stones our founding fathers laid. We are not just trying to fit in. We are trying to show the rest of the world how to preserve a country for generations to come by preserving the lowest civil unit – the family. There is a better way to negotiate than through intimidation and domination,” she said.
Senator Gichuhi took the seat of Family First senator Bob Day following a vote recount in April this year after he was ruled ineligible to stand for election.