Voting against gay marriage is ‘Brexit for Australia’, campaigners say
The Australian Family Association has urged people to vote against equal marriage to create a ‘Brexit for Australia’.
Australia is currently holding a public vote on whether same-sex couples should be allowed to marry, at the behest of the country’s right-wing Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
Though the Yes camp held a lead going into the vote, polling shows that the race has narrowed significantly, as anti-LGBT activists reap the rewards of a US-style scaremongering campaign and well-funded advertising blitz.
Data released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows that more than half of Australians have already cast a postal ballot, ahead of a November 8 deadline.
The anti-LGBT Australian Family Association has sent out a rallying call to its supporters, urging them to help secure a ‘No’ victory.
The group seized on political upsets elsewhere, comparing the decision to the UK’s vote for Brexit and the election of Donald Trump in the US.
They wrote: “The ABS has released figures today estimating that 57.5 per cent of people have returned their marriage ballot paper.
“This still leaves just under half the population who have not yet voted.
“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.”
The group encouraged people to share a leaflet “that you can give to your children and grandchildren”
The leaflet insists: “The marriage ballot calls it same-sex marriage, but it’s really Transgender Marriage.
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