An anti-gay poster emblazoned with a gay slur and claims denigrating same-sex couples’ children has been spotted in Melbourne.
The posters, which Twitter user Dan Leach-McGill says he spotted in Heffernan Lane in Melbourne at the weekend, make several claims including stating incorrectly that “92% of children raised by gay parents are abused.”
just.equal spokesperson Rodney Croome said the hateful posters will “shock and disgust the overwhelming majority of Australians.”
Mr Croome said the federal government’s Australian Institute for Family Studies found children raised by same-sex couples have the same outcomes as other children.
According to the AIFS, “research evidence indicates that children raised in same-sex parented families do as well emotionally, socially and educationally as other children.”
Earlier this month, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Australians could be trusted to have a respectful discussion on the issue.
“Do we think so little of our fellow Australians and our ability to debate important matters of public interest that we say: ‘You’re not able to have a respectful discussion about the definition of marriage’, which is a very significant, important, fundamental element in our law and in our culture,” Turnbull said.
Mr Croome called on Turnbull to condemn the vilification clearly set out the parameters for respectful debate around the postal survey on same-sex marriage.
“We have long warned the Government that a plebiscite or postal vote on marriage equality would amplify extremist and hateful views – yet the Prime Minister assured us of a respectful debate,” he said.
“It is now incumbent on the Prime Minister, who initiated the postal vote campaign, to take responsibility and denounce anti-LGBTI vilification like this poster.”
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— Dan Leach-McGill (@DanLMcG) August 19, 2017