‘Vile’ preview of what’s to come as gay marriage opponents prepare plebiscite campaigns – NEWS.com.au

The government has lost a vote to bring on a same-sex marriage plebiscite in the Senate.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says concern for the mental health of LGBTI people is the weakest argument against a plebiscite. Picture: Gary Ramage

FORMER prime minister Tony Abbott has kicked off his campaign against for the no vote against same sex marriage.

Speaking to reporters in Canberra Mr Abbott this morning said he would encourage people to vote against marriage reform to stop political correctness in its tracks.

If you dont like same-sex marriage vote no, he said.

If youre worried about religious freedom and free speech vote no, if you dont like political correctness, vote no.

The vocal backbenchers comments come as same-sex marriage opponents ramp up their campaigns to achieve a no result in the upcoming plebiscite.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull yesterday announced people would have almost two months to vote in the postal plebiscite, meaning supporters and opponents would have just as long to campaign for their desires results.

It was confirmed the government would push ahead with the postal plebiscite after its bill for a compulsory plebiscite on November 25 failed to pass the Senate this morning for the second time.

Groups against same sex marriage have already begun printing booklets and preparing advertising material that gay rights groups believe could be harmful to the mental health of young gay and lesbian Australians.

Weve already seen a preview of what one group has planned, with Fairfax Media publishing leaflets authorised by former Liberal MP Chris Miles warning of what it says are the consequences of same-sex marriage.

Married biological parents have a better record for providing safety and development of healthy, well-adjusted adult children. They minimise abuse and neglect of children, the pamphlet reads.

In a list headed The Facts, the document suggests children raised by gay parents are more likely to be unemployed and abuse drugs, and are more prone to suicide.

Anti-same sex marriage groups are preparing their promotional materials for an aggressive campaign.Source:Supplied

When the pamphlets were first revealed, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten labelled them vile.

The Australian Christian Lobby, one of the fiercest opponents and most high profile groups against same-sex marriage, is planning to launch a full-scale campaign to convince the voting population that the Marriage Act should not change.

Though its understood there will be no government funding supplied on either side of the debate, the ACL is not letting that hold it back, and will rely on private supporters to pay for the aggressive advertising it has planned.

Mr Shelton says this makes his side of the debate the underdog.

We understand there wont be any funding, for no one. That makes it particularly difficult to our side because we dont have Qantas and Alan Joyce and corporate Australia behind us, he told 2GB on Tuesday night.

Were going to see another situation like Ireland where you saw 10s of millions in overseas money coming in to influence the debate.

The public campaign against same sex marriage leading up to Irelands 2015 national referendum was found to have made young LGBTI people depressed, angry and feel marginalised.

A University of Queensland study last year found peoples health was affected as the no campaign gained traction.

Irish people were bombarded with aggressive television advertisements focusing on the alleged impact of gay marriage on children.

Voters were told if legislation was changed they risked their children being encouraged to cross dress and included lines like if you think a mothers love is irreplaceable, vote no.

Announcing the dates for the vote that would decide whether parliamentarians would vote on changing the marriage act, Mr Turnbull yesterday he was confident Australians would be able to handle the campaign.

There are arguments against having a plebiscite, I understand that, the Prime Minister said.

But the weakest argument of all, which I think has no basis, is that the Australian people arent capable of having a respectful discussion on this issue.

As the governments first preference for a compulsory national vote on November 25 has been rejected by the Senate for a second time, it will push ahead with a voluntary postal plebiscite. Forms to be sent out next month, and responses will be due mid November.

Australian Christian Lobby Managing Director Lyle Shelton is expected to be a dominant voice in the no campaign. Picture: Mick Tsikas/AAPSource:AAP

Originally posted here:

‘Vile’ preview of what’s to come as gay marriage opponents prepare plebiscite campaigns – NEWS.com.au

Related Post

August 8, 2017   Posted in: Gay Marriage |

Fair Use Disclaimer

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances."

Under the 'fair use' rule of copyright law, an author may make limited use of another author's work without asking permission. Fair use is based on the belief that the public is entitled to freely use portions of copyrighted materials for purposes of commentary and criticism. The fair use privilege is perhaps the most significant limitation on a copyright owner's exclusive rights.

Fair use as described at 17 U.S.C. Section 107:

"Notwithstanding the provisions of section 106 and 106A, the fair use of a copyrighted work, including such use by reproduction in copies or phono-records or by any other means specified by that section, for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright.

In determining whether the use made of a work in any particular case is a fair use the factors to be considered shall include:

  • (1) the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for or nonprofit educational purposes,
  • (2) the nature of the copyrighted work,
  • (3) the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole, and
  • (4) the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work."