Seeing as I am now in Gibraltar just days away from my wedding to my long-term partner Marcus, what could be more appropriate than a post about the way a clot of Christians in Australia are making utter idiots of themselves over same-sex marriage.
According to this report, TV adverts campaigning against gay marriage have been branded as “ridiculous scaremongering” ahead of a postal survey which could lead to its legalisation.
The Coalition for Marriage – the key body behind the ‘No’ campaign – launched its first national television advertising campaign on Tuesday evening, the first major offensive from those opposing any change in legislation.
The campaign is headed by Sophie York, “a beacon of measured reason“.
The 30-second advertisement, described by opposition leader Bill Shorten as “offensive and hurtful”, features three mothers who link the issue of same-sex marriage with education in schools.
The first woman says her son:
Was told he could wear a dress to school if he wanted.
Another mother says that when same-sex marriage was passed aboard , LGBTI programmes became more widely spread and compulsory.
In countries with gay marriage, parents have lost their right to choose.
A third woman whitters on:
Shorten, the Labor leader described the ad as:
Kids in year seven are being asked to role play being in a same-sex relationship.
Offensive and hurtful to LGBTI Australians and their families.
This is exactly what was predicted when Malcolm Turnbull decided to waste $122 million on a postal survey. He gave the green light to this rubbish.
Tiernan Brady, the Equality Campaign Executive Director, added:
The ad is disgraceful in its dishonesty. The people behind this ad know that the Australian people are for allowing all Australians the right to marry so they want to desperately pretend this simple straightforward question is about something else.
As they try to divide Australians we will continue to campaign to unite all Australians.
The campaign came under fire on social media, where many expressed outrage at the advert.
“Ridiculous scaremongering here,” said Poppa Funkadelic.
Jess Anastasi said:
The ad run by the Coalition for Marriage makes me physically ill. They had to bring the kids into it.
Just saw an ad for the ‘You can say No’ campaign. The coalition should be ashamed of themselves for scare mongering in schools.
The Coalition for Marriage defended the advert, saying it conveyed the concerns of Australian parents.
York, spokeswoman for coalition of Christian crackpots, said in a statement:
Millions of Australians are now concerned about the consequences of changing the Marriage Act.
Australian parents have a right to know how a change in the marriage law will affect what their kids are taught at school. The education departments won’t tell them. Those lobbying for change won’t tell them.
Australia is one of the only developed English-speaking countries not to have legalised same-sex marriage, despite strong popular support and the backing of a majority of lawmakers.
Australians will vote over several weeks from mid-September in the non-compulsory postal ballot on whether to legalise same-sex marriage.
Same-sex marriage is supported by 61 percent of Australians, a 2016 Gallup opinion poll showed, but the issue has fractured the Turnbull government and damaged his standing with voters, now at a six-month low.
I didn’t enter the the church for fear of the ceiling collapsing on me. After all, that’s what gay marriage apparently did to the Ta’ Giezu church in Malta earlier this month.
The Spanish church, yards from where I was staying last night, rang its bells continuously through the night, and at 6 am it pealed two sets of six chimes each!