Here at Escort Norway, we have always been huge supporters of gay marriage, and it seems that the next battleground will be in Australia where they are having a non-binding postal vote to gauge public opinion on changing the same-sex marriage law. Well, if this advert calling for people to vote AGAINST any change is anything to go by, it is going to get bloody.
The advert directly links same-sex marriage to school gender education. I kid you not.
A Strange Conflation
The 30-second advert, by lobby group Coalition for Marriage, has three women expressing concerns about sex education in classrooms.
One woman says: “The school told my son he could wear a dress next year if he felt like it.” Another says: “When same-sex marriage passes as law overseas, this type of programme becomes widespread and compulsory.”
The advert concludes with a message: “In countries with gay marriage, parents have lost their right to choose.” It does not provide evidence for its claims, probably because there isn’t any..
Those in the pro equal marriage camp have called the advert misleading irrelevant.
“They are putting up red herrings. They know a majority of Australians back equality, back a fair go for everybody, so they are trying to distract the nation with dishonest claims,” a spokesman for lobby group The Equality Campaign told the BBC.
Education Minister Simon Birmingham said the debate was simple and should not be conflated.
“It is patently ridiculous to suggest that allowing same-sex couples to marry is somehow going to see some new wave of teaching reform sweep across the country,” he said.
However, Senator Zed Seselja, a same-sex marriage opponent, said the advert represented freedom of speech.
“These mothers are clearly putting the case that their ability to object to fairly radical sex education in schools and the like will be much harder if you redefine marriage in the Marriage Act,” he said.
The postal survey will take place between 12 September and 27 October. The results are due to be announced on 15 November.
If the reaction is positive, then legislation will go through parliament. However, MP’s won’t have to vote in line with public opinion.
The Best of Luck
I have to say, conflating boys being allowed to wear dresses and gay marriage is like something from the 1800’s. I struggle to use any mental gymnastics to see that being at all feasible.
If people want to get married, let them, everyone deserves to be happy. They aren’t going to be teaching to perform sex acts on people of the same gender. If you believe that, you are an idiot; if you don’t, you are a liar and a disgrace.
We wish the LGBTQ community in Australia luck. They deserve their marriage equality and certainly don’t need this kind of advert trying to poison people’s minds against them.
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