Grandmother and doctor Kerryn Phelps features in a new TV advertisement that hits back at the ad released this week by same-sex marriage “no” campaigners.
The “no” ad, created by the Coalition for Marriage and first aired on Tuesday, attempted to conflate marriage equality with sex education in schools and has been widely criticised as divisive and misleading.
Now the Equality Campaign have launched their own ad in response.
Dr Phelps says in the ad: “Over the coming weeks we’ll be hearing a lot about whether our family and friends who are gay or lesbian can get married.
“Sadly, some are trying to mislead us, by saying marriage equality will have a negative impact, including on young people.
“The only young people affected by marriage equality are young gay people who, for the first time, will have the same dignity as everyone else in our country and they deserve that.
“The ‘Yes’ campaign is about uniting Australians while the ‘No’ campaign is about dividing our nation.”
Watch the ad below:
Dr Kerryn Phelps in the ‘Yes’ campaign response to the ‘No’ advertisement.
The High Court has been told money for the same-sex marriage survey has been “earmarked” to be used and it’s up to the finance minister to decide what is “urgent” spending.
The Government has lodged its argument on Wednesday in seeking to fend off a challenge to the survey by marriage equality advocates.
The advocates say the survey breaches the constitution, as Parliament did not pass legislation to pay for it and the Australian Bureau of Statistics does not have the legal power to run it.
Constitutional expert George Williams has warned the Government faces an uphill battle, arguing a series of recent decisions by the High Court has found the federal government requires parliamentary approval to spend taxpayers’ money. Cabinet minister Simon Birmingham, who supports same-sex marriage, insists the Government remains confident it will get the tick of approval from the High Court.