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Oct 10, 2016

Think of the children

Anti same sex marriage groups are conflating the Safe Schools program with same-sex marriage in a new pamphlet.

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Opponents of marriage equality are ramping up their attacks on same-sex marriage and the Safe Schools Program in a flyer delivered to Melbourne homes last week. The shadowy Marriage Alliance group, which reveals little about who runs it and whom it represents, delivered a glossy pamphlet entitled “An important message for your family” to homes in the leafy suburbs of Melbourne’s south-east, in the electorate of Goldstein, held by gay Liberal MP Tim Wilson. Wilson publicly supports marriage equality and has previously opposed a national plebiscite on allowing same-sex marriage.

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The pamphlet only mentions marriage once, but it spends many pages talking about the Safe Schools program, which has been the latest focus for anti-LGBTI groups, claiming that “Safe Schools promotes the idea of gender fluidity to children as young as four years old”.

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It includes headlines from the Herald Sun and The Australian and references picture book The Gender Fairy, as well as the Safe Schools All of Us resource.

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It only becomes clear at the last page that all of this is related to marriage equality, not to education policy.

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Is this what we can expect from the same-sex marriage plebiscite debate?

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