Anti same-sex marriage campaign slammed on social media
Parents who appear in a highly criticised television advert in Australia campaigning against same-sex marriage has been torn apart on social media over an ad placed in a local TV channel.
The advertisement from the Coalition for Marriage — the key organisation behind the ‘No’ campaign — features Australian mothers who speak out as part of a series aimed at highlighting what they claim are issues that could arise from the proposed legislation.
Cella White, the first Australian woman who appears in the advertisement, tells viewers that her son’s school told him “he could wear a dress next year if he felt like it”. A second woman then stares down the barrel of the camera and claims that “when same-sex marriage passes as law oversees this type of program become (sic) widespread and compulsory”.
The comments are followed by a black screen with text: “In countries with gay marriage, parents have lost their rights to choose”, it reads.
A third woman expresses concern that “kids in Year 7 are being asked to role play being (in) a same-sex relationship”.
The advertisement ends with the caption: “We have a choice. You can say no.”
It prompted a mixed reaction on social media with some users calling it an outrage and others expressing their support.
Just saw an ad for the ‘You can say No’ campaign. The coalition should be ashamed of themselves for scare mongering in schools.
— Seabrook (@seabrook0888) August 29, 2017
I love that the no campaign’s slogan is ‘You can say no’. Like, they know you shouldn’t but want you to know you can be a jerk if you want.
— Simon Vaughan (@vaughantobewild) August 29, 2017
— Nine News Sydney (@9NewsSyd) August 30, 2017
The advertisement will run on all of the main commercial networks and pay-TV stations and is also supported by the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL).
“Changing the marriage law will have consequences for what is taught in our kids classrooms,” the ACL wrote in an online post.
“Changing the marriage law to allow same-sex couples to marry will mean taking gender our of our laws.
“If same-sex marriage becomes law, parents will not have a leg to stand on if they don’t want their kids taught radical sex education, and gender ideologies.”