Married Gay Couple to Shack Up With Homophobic Minister in New TV Series
BY Thom Senzee
August 06 2014 4:15 AM ET
Australia's Special Broadcasting Service bills itself as "inclusive, expansive and courageous," and it appears to be living up to that claim as it launches a new show called Living With the Enemy next month, with a first episode that features a staunchly conservative Anglican minister forced to live in the same house with a married gay couple for 10 days.
The minister, identified by SameSame only as "David," will be sharing his home for a week and a half with a same-sex couple who wed in neighboring New Zealand. Promotional photos show a decidedly dowdy Right Rev. David standing, arms folded, about 10 feet in front of Michael Barnett and Gregory Storer as the couple smooch in his driveway.
According to Australian Marriage Equality, the organization leading the fight for equal marriage rights Down Under, polls show 72 percent of Australians favor legalizing same-sex marriage. In fact, the group reports today that Australian prime minister Tony Abbott is leaning toward tacit support for changing law to allow for same-sex marriage. In fact, recently, Abbott tolerated Australian citizens marrying inside British consulate offices on Australian soil and did not ask the consul general to stop the nuptials.
As SameSame noted in its coverage of the new SBS series, another promotional photo from Living With the Enemy shows David smiling while attending Sydney Pride. Who knows, maybe Tony Abbott will have at least one fellow conservative to join him in the growing tolerance of LGBT equality. Watch to see three men trying to live under the same roof with vastly divergent points of view in this promo for Living With the Enemy, which airs in Australia in September: