Campaigners from the anti-gay Marriage Alliance group have stooped to a new low with the use of an extreme meme that depicts a woman with a rainbow noose around her neck.
Under the photoshopped image they wrote: “SAME SEX MARRIAGE INCREASES PC BULLYING IN THE WORKPLACE.”
They suggest that marriage equality empowers political correctness, therefore unpopular opinions about marriage and gay rights will threaten the job security of employees.
Their conclusion is that same-sex marriage is not worth the damage.
The harmful message, which follows Marriage Alliance’s spooky iceberg-themed TV ad campaign last year, was immediately condemned by mental health advocacy group beyondblue.
“@MarriageAll we’re advocating strongly in this space to reduce stigma & harmful messages around suicide like this,” their tweet said.
“You may not have thought about it, but you may want to consider the harm that depicting someone in a noose may cause.”
Labor MP Tim Watts also took aim, telling the Australian Senate that the poster produced by the group “is crap” and the data they continue to supply about those against same-sex marriage lacks any sources.
“It is only a tiny, tiny minority of the Australian public that hold these bigoted views against LGBTI Australians, but by committing to a national plebiscite on this issue Malcolm Turnbull will be giving them a megaphone,” he said.
Mr Watts went on to advise that the opponents of marriage equality are demanding government funding for Australians to hear their side of the argument that will come from the Australian taxpayer.
“This means that Malcolm Turnbull will be writing cheques … to the kind of groups that produce television ads telling LGBTI Australians that they are flawed parents (and) that they will damage their children.
“And to the kind of groups that photoshop rainbow nooses over stock photos,” he said.