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Man claims gay people are denying him ‘free speech’, in TV ad aired to millions

Nick Duffy October 12, 2017
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A man who claims he can’t publicly express his opposition to same-sex marriage is starring in a new TV advert in which he publicly expresses his opposition to same-sex marriage.

The anti-LGBT Coalition for Marriage put out a new ad today as the country heads towards the finish line for a postal vote on whether same-sex couples should be allowed to marry.

The ad, which will be aired to millions, features a business owner claiming that his views have been silenced.

He claims: “I don’t know about this same-sex marriage vote.

“Politicians aren’t listening, where’s my freedom of speech? I’m over this politically-correct nonsense.

“I’m sick of being told what to think by the thought police. Can’t say this, can’t say that. What’s next, boycott my business?

“I’m going to have my say alright, I’m going to say no.”

Man claims gay people are denying him ‘free speech’, in TV ad aired to millions

His claim that he doesn’t have “freedom of speech” is exceptionally bizarre, given the ad will air to millions of Australians. Religious groups that oppose equality are heavily funding the C4M, allowing it to run heavy ad campaigns on TV.

Without irony, the C4M told their supporters: “Thank you for giving today to get this ad seen by millions.”

Check out the ad below:

The dismissal of equal marriage as ‘politically correct nonsense’ seems to mark a shift in the campaign to a more aggressive stance.

Anti-gay marriage campaigners have sought to replicate tactics of campaigners who helped secure the UK’s vote for Brexit and the election of Donald Trump in the US.

The Australian Family Association urged people to vote against equal marriage to create a ‘Brexit for Australia’.

They told supporters: “This is your chance to do a Brexit, a Trump, and confound the political elites by saying, we are not going to accept gender fluid ideology and gender fluid ‘marriage’ being forced on every man, woman and child, whether they are religious of not.”

PinkNews revealed earlier this month that the anti-LGBT Coalition for Marriage is telling activists to play to fears over gay sex and gender issues.

The Coalition for Marriage has become the primary ‘No’ campaign in the country as it heads to the polls in a postal ballot on whether to allow same-sex marriage.

The group bills itself as a “grassroots movement” that will be on “the front line to defend traditional marriage in Australia”.

At an induction session for Coalition for Marriage activists attended by a PinkNews reporter, the group’s campaign leadership played up fears over sex education and transgender issues.

The session was led by one of the group’s senior field ops chiefs, who explained to volunteers that “by taking gender out of marriage, you’re taking gender out of society”.

The campaign leader also claimed that equal marriage would be an attack on families because “the government, by default, becomes the parent”.

The officials also sought to play off fears over transgender issues, reflecting tactics which have been seen across the country – despite the postal vote being exclusively on the issue of whether gay couples should be allowed to marry.

The campaign chief falsely told activists that the vote was actually on “a package deal that will lead to more gender-bending, politically correct programs like Safe Schools”, an LGBT anti-bullying campaign that has been much-maligned by conservatives.

In a release last month the Australian Family Association took the claims to a bizarre extreme – using fears about transgender women to try and convince lesbians to vote against equal marriage.

They claim: “Two men identifying as women and in a relationship can be legally married and be recognised as being in a lesbian marriage for the purposes of accessing lesbian only organisations, events and lesbian exclusive spaces.

“Is this the sort of ‘equality’ Australians want to impose on women and lesbians?”

Aside from the fact that they seem to think women and lesbians are two different categories of people, the group’s claims are also pure nonsense.

The proposal being voted on includes no issues affecting transgender rights whatsoever.

The ballot paper will read: “Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?”

But the AFA insisted it would mean that “men socially identifying as women can access women’s shelters and gyms… play in women’s sports, like the AFL women’s competition and the Olympic women’s competition”.

The Equality Campaign has struggled to break through a media narrative often dominated by arguments against equality.

But Tiernan Brady, Executive Director of The Equality Campaign, said: “We are in it to win it. We are committed to doing all in our power to ensure that the long held wish of the Australian people for marriage equality for all Australians is reflected in the results of the survey.

“This must be a campaign of millions of respectful conversations that unites the country.

“We haven’t a moment to lose and we are hitting the ground running with hundreds of thousands of supporters talking about why marriage equality matters.

“This is a vote about the worth, dignity and status of members of our family, friends, workmates and neighbours, and across the country people are standing up for them.

“We know that the Australian people support marriage equality but no one can be complacent – it is all about getting as many surveys returned as possible.

“We call on everyone to participate and to talk to their family and friends to make sure they do too. Together, lets get this done.”

Related topics: Australia, Australia, equal marriage, free speech, Gay, LGBT, marriage, same sex marriage, Television

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