The Coalition For Marriage’s “You can say no” TV ad has been deemed dishonest and misleading by the Equality Campaign.
The ad features three mothers expressing concerns that same-sex marriage would effect what was taught in schools. One of the three women, Cella White from Melbourne, says her son was told he could wear a dress to school next year if he wanted to. The principal of the school says her claim is false. ”She said it happened in a science class so we spoke to her son’s science teachers, they said it never happened,” the principal told AAP on Wednesday.
Less than 24 hours after the Coalition For Marriage launched its ad, The Equality Campaign has responded with their own ad featuring former Australian Medical Association president Dr Kerryn Phelps. “Over the coming weeks we’ll be hearing a lot about whether our family and friends who are gay and lesbian can get married,” Dr Phelps says in the ad.
“Sadly, some are trying to mislead us by saying marriage equality will have a negative impact, including on young people. The only young people affected by marriage equality are young gay people who, for the first time, will have the same dignity as everyone else in our country and they deserve that.”
Opposition leader, Bill Shorten described The Coalition For Marriage’s TV ad as “total rubbish” and “offensive and hurtful to LGBTI Australians and their families”.
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