“Sadly, some are trying to mislead us like this ad does, by saying there will be a negative impact, including on young people.”
The television campaign aims to hit back at an anti-gay marriage campaign launched by the Coalition for Marriage featuring three mothers warning against a Yes vote in the upcoming postal plebiscite. In it the women express concerns about how same-sex marriage would affect what was taught and promoted in schools.
The Coalition for Marriage ad was the third highest trending video on YouTube in Australia this week so far, beneath Taylor Swift’s ‘Look What You Made Me Do’ video and Katy Perry’s ‘Swish Swish’ video. Comments are disabled below the video.
According to, The Australian, The Equality Campaign is fighting back with an ad featuring famous doctor Kerryn Phelps.
“Sadly, some are trying to mislead us like this ad does, by saying there will be a negative impact, including on young people,” Dr Phelps says in the ad. “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.”
Meanwhile Australia’s Education Minister Simon Birmingham said on ABC radio that it was “patently ridiculous” to suggest marriage equality would impact what was taught in schools.
He said opponents of gay marriage were trying to conflate the simple question of whether same-sex couples should be allowed to marry with other, irrelevant, issues.
“It is trying to take the debate in a different direction which there is no validity to drag that debate to,” he said.
A voluntary postal vote on whether to legalise same-sex marriage will be held next month unless it’s blocked by a High Court challenge. Watch both ads below.
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