Alex Greenwich of Australian Marriage Equality has responded to the anti-gay add aired on TV last night. They're in the process of putting an add out in direct response to the scaremongering.
You can donate to their efforts here.
This from the email:
What do you do if you oppose something the vast majority of Australians want? Easy. You try to make the debate about something else.He also says the anti-marriage side is aiming to spend $35,000 a day.
That’s exactly what we’re seeing right now from opponents of marriage equality, and it’s what we can expect to see more of as this campaign continues. (In fact, they have promised there is more to come.)
Last night they launched their first national TV ad. It features a series of concerned-looking mums claiming that marriage equality will lead to children being subjected to what the no campaign's email refers to as “radical gay sex education in schools”.
I know, patently ridiculous. Blatantly dishonest. And also their only hope: scare people into voting no.
We’ve got a better idea: unite Australia with a message we can be proud of. One that celebrates fairness and equality, and the common dignity and decency of extending to every Australian the same opportunity to marry the person we love.
So we’re filming not one but two very important ads this week — and we need your help to get them on the airwaves starting as early as tomorrow.
Our first ad is a direct response to last night’s insult. It features Dr Kerryn Phelps explaining that 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. Filming is happening today, with a view to get this message on air ASAP tonight or tomorrow.
Then on Saturday we’ll be filming a big and bold new YES ad. It affirms the reality that marriage equality is about two things: two people who want to commit their lives to one another, and the families who want to celebrate with them. That’s it. But we need your help to get the message out far and wide.
This is how we’ll finally win equality: with a campaign we can all be proud of — supported by Australians from all walks of life who are prepared to personally stand up for the people they love and care about, to prevail over fear and dishonesty. The time is now, so thank you for giving what you can!
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