John M. Becker

Aussie Gay Couple Will Live With Anti-Gay Pastor for Reality Series

Filed By John M. Becker | August 06, 2014 4:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment
Tags: Anglican Church, Australia, gay marriage, marriage equality, religion-based bigotry, same-sex marriage

Remember the hit ABC show Wife Swap, where two dramatically different families swapped wives (and mothers) and then had to live with each other for two weeks? Well, a new Australian show premiering next month is taking that concept, queering it, and stirring in a heaping spoonful of awkward for good measure.

It's called "Living with the Enemy," and according to the Aussie LGBT website SameSame, the show "will see couples united with those who hold opposite viewpoints, to see if each can gain understanding and acceptance of others' views - or even change some long-held stances."

And of course, on its inaugural episode the show will examine the most highly visible social issue of our time: marriage equality -- Michael Barnett and Gregory Storer, a married couple from Melbourne, will move in with David, a staunchly homophobic Anglican minister. After five days, the tables will turn and Pastor David will move in with the couple.

Check out a preview of the episode below:

Looks intriguing, doesn't it? I find it interesting that, just like in the United States, anti-gay fundies in Australia claim, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, that their discriminatory views have majority support. (In reality, support for marriage equality is even higher in Australia than it is here in the States -- a whopping 72%.)

The SBS network, which is producing "Living with the Enemy," is predictably tight-lipped about whether or not the experience of living with and getting to know a married gay couple will be enough to change David's anti-LGBT views. But the folks at SameSame spotted a glimmer of hope in the promo clip: "we noticed... there's some footage from Melbourne Pride March earlier this year and noticed [a] picture in our gallery of all three marching."

Was David's appearance at Melbourne Pride a publicity stunt, or did he truly have a chance of heart on marriage equality? We'll have to wait until September 3 to find out.

h/t: The Advocate.

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