Australia’s anti-gay marriage campaign chief is running for Senate to challenge ‘rainbow’ agenda
The vocal leader of Australia’s anti-gay marriage campaign is running for Senate – after vowing to challenge the “rainbow” agenda.
Lyle Shelton is a fierce opponent of LGBT rights, who was a driving force against equality in his roles at the Australian Christian Lobby and the Coalition for Marriage.
Representing the C4M, Shelton became one of the primary faces of the ‘No’ campaign during the country’s equal marriage plebiscite, while he has also rallied against transgender rights and spearheaded efforts to censor LGBT anti-bullying lessons.
The activist – who recently quit his role at the Australian Christian Lobby to enter politics full-time – this week announced he would be running for the Senate.
Bernardi will be a candidate in Queensland on the ticket of the Australian Conservatives party – a new right-wing movement set up by Senator Cory Bernardi, who strongly opposes LGBT equality.
In a statement, Shelton declared that “Australia’s political system is broken”, claiming the leaders of both major parties are “captive to political correctness and big government thinking which is holding our nation back.”
He said:”Queensland families need someone who will be keeping an eye out for them in Canberra.
“Someone not afraid to say ‘no’ to political correctness, gender ideology and social Marxism.”
Senator Bernardi said: “The people of Queensland now have a clear, principled, conservative alternative.
“Lyle brings a wealth of political and campaign experience having headed up the ‘No’ campaign last year that saw millions of Australians stand up against political correctness.”
Shelton previously claimed that the country’s right-wing government had “capitulated” to the “green rainbow left”, claiming that the equal marriage campaign demonstrated “the lack of common sense and principles in Canberra”.
He said: “Watching a Coalition government tear itself apart over whether or not marriage should be between something as basic as a man and a woman helped me to realise that Australia’s conservative political party had lost its way.
“The Coalition government’s inability or unwillingness to even provide basic protections for freedom of speech and freedom of religion quite frankly left me stunned.”
He laid into transgender rights in his speech, claiming: “Elites are telling us we’re bigots if we don’t support teaching children their gender is fluid.
“You cannot enact policies that lack common sense, that lack prudence for the future or the wisdom of considering what is important for our children.”
The party is occupying an already-crowded area when it comes to the anti-LGBT conservative right, facing off against not only the governing Coalition but also Pauline Hanson’s far-right One Nation party.
During the equal marriage vote, Shelton’s group was lambasted by LGBT campaigners for its reliance on “dirty” tactics and employment of borderline hate speech to scare people into voting No to same-sex marriage.
Shelton, claimed that kids will be “exposed to gay sex and gender theory” if the vote passes.
He insisted: “This is a direct consequence of the change in marriage law. Once you take gender out of marriage, you take it out of the classroom.
“This will only get worse if the law on marriage is changed; parents will lose their right to object.
“Australian parents can stand up against these radical programs being forced upon their kids by voting ‘no’.”
He told an event: “There’s only about 20 or so out of 200 that have redefined marriage.
“It’s only a few Western countries that have decided they’re better than the millennia of human history and anthropology, so they redefined marriage.
“I think we’re showing a lot of chronological snobbery in a handful of countries in the west.”
He also cited UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s pro-LGBT speech at the PinkNews Awards as a reason to vote against equal marriage.
Speaking at the PinkNews Awards last year, Mrs May said: “Bullying in schools and on social media is still a daily reality for young LGBT people, and that has to stop.
“We need to keep up our action. So we are pressing ahead with inclusive relationships and sex education in English schools, making sure that LGBT issues are taught well.
“We are determined to eradicate homophobic and transphobic bullying.”
Citing her speech, Shelton said: “If you change the definition of marriage, it affects the freedom of millions of Australians.
“What kids are taught at school becomes very controversial – we just saw last week the Prime Minister of England announcing that they want LGBTIQ sex education in all English schools.”
He added: “There’s no doubt it’s a David and Goliath battle. Our side is coming from a long way back, and the other side has a lot of momentum with support from the media and celebrities.
“If it’s a ‘yes’, we will obviously accept the democratic decision of our fellow Australians. But while there is freedom of speech, we’ll continue to advocate but it could take years or even decades to turn it back around. Australians will realise soon after that it was a mistake and that the consequences aren’t worth it.
“We want to preserve the definition of marriage between a man and a woman. Our gay friends already have equality under the law.”
Meanwhile the Australian Christian Lobby put out an email claiming their supporters may have to “put your son in a dress” if the vote passes.
The group claimed to supporters: “When parents like Marijke Rancie in our new TV ad visited her kids’ school and saw what the harmful “Safe Schools” program was teaching her children, she was shocked.
“They’d saturated the school with posters showing a boy in a dress.
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“Now’s the time for us to push back and say NO to compulsory radical gay sex education like this, that teaches kids:
” *your gender is “fluid”
” * If in your mind, you’re “different” to the body you were born, boys should consider wearing a dress, and girls should wear boys’ clothes.
” * You should be able to use whatever toilets you feel like.
“Together, we can win this fight to defend marriage and oppose the de-gendering of our society.”