Leaked pamphlet forewarns ugly campaign ahead for marriage equality plebiscite
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Leaked pamphlet forewarns ugly campaign ahead for marriage equality plebiscite

LAST UPDATED // Monday, 29 February 2016 12:58 Written by // Cec Busby

Former Howard government MP Chris Miles has authorised the print paraphenalia for an anti- marriage equality campaign which features pamphlets suggesting children of same-sex couples are neglected and abused

The leaked pamphlets, which have been authorised by the man who was once parliamentary secretary to John Howard, show a taste of what is to come should the issue of same-sex marriage be brought to a national vote.

Marriage equality campaigners have long been suggesting a pelebsicte on the issue would be divisive and hurt an already vulnerable group of Australians.

The pamphlets, which were uncovered by Fairfax Media seem to indicate the advocates were justified in their warnings.

The pamphlets suggest same-sex marriage will have a devastating affect on children.

"Married biological parents have a better record for providing safety and development of healthy, well-adjusted adult children.They minimise abuse and neglect of children,” the pamphlet reads.

The pamphlets use a report by the US Department of Health and Human Service as a source for the outrageous claims

Asked if people may find the claims in the pamphlet hurtful, Miles told Fairfax Media: "Lots of things are hurtful to people in Australia. Everyone hurts on a whole range of views."

Miles is intending to distribute the pamphlets nationwide.

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Australian Marriage Equality national director Rodney Croome suggested the pamphlets were just a forerunner of what the LGBTI community should be prepared for if the issue of same-sex marriage is put to a popular vote.

"This is just the start of the anti-gay misinformation campaign millions of Australians will have to endure if the government spends $160 million on a marriage equality plebiscite,

"Not only is the information on this flyer wrong, it will put the lives of young gay people and the children of same-sex couples at risk by reinforcing the message that they and their families are broken."

"In contrast to the negative tone of this material, we will continue to run a positive campaign about the importance of marriage equality and the equal dignity of all loving relationships and families."

Dr Liz Short, Australian Psychological Society decried the pamphlets's misinformation.

"This leaflet is factually incorrect and deeply damaging. A review of research in this area that was  undertaken by the APS shows the children of same-sex couples are likely to be at least as well adjusted, socially, emotionally, and academically, as other children," Stott said.

Stoot said the APS opposed a pelbiscite due to teh very real dangers it posed on the mental health of the LGBTI people and rainbow families

"It also shows their mental health is vulnerable to exactly the kind of prejudice and hostility to be found in this leaflet. The APS opposes a plebiscite on marriage equality and prefers a vote in parliament because we fear there will be much more of this damaging misinformation," Stott said.

The Australian Greens have suggested the homophobic pamphlet shows the lengths opponents of marriage equality will go to should a plebiscite take place and warned LGBTIQ people should be prepared for a litany of ugly comments should there be a national vote

“During the last week we have seen a tsunami of vile homophobia fanned by people like Cory Bernardi and George Christensen. This flyer is the latest example of this ugly campaign against equality,” Greens marriage equality and sexuality spokesperson Senator Robert Simms said.

“It’s clear conservative extremists are planning an ugly hate campaign levelled at the LGBTI community and the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is sitting back and letting it happen.  The Greens are concerned for the impact this kind of hurtful campaign might have on young people in particular.

“Malcolm Turnbull should rein in his backbench, condemn homophobic statements and abandon this costly and divisive plebiscite,” Simms conclude.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten also voiced his concerns regarding the homophobia contained within the pamphlet's rhetoric.

He told Fairfax Media the pamphlet demonstrated the "unhinged and unfounded abuse" a plebiscite campaign could encourage.

"How do we measure the harm inflicted by a long and poisonous debate, where all the offensive prejudice of the past week will be amplified and magnified?" he asked.

[Main image] Former MP Chris Miles.

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Cec Busby

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Cec Busby is the news editor of SX and online editor of GayNewsNetwork.com.au

Comments (7)

  • Eric Osterberg

    01 March 2016 at 04:04 |
    I have not seen one article about gay parents abusing children but I have seen many articles about straight parents abusing their children e.g. leaving them in hot cars, living in filthy houses, many types of abuses. Chris Miles is just using this phony excuse to hide his homophobic tendencies.

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  • Serena

    29 February 2016 at 17:06 |
    The use of such false information being presented is evidence of just how devious and deceitful the christians and the traditional marriage advocates are. The obvious outcome is that it will backfire and more and more people will be chased over to the “yes’ side – that’s what happens when you lie too much for too long, and spew hatred and bigotry. Christianity and Conservatism are shameful

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  • Julia

    29 February 2016 at 15:38 |
    Turnbull needs to dump that plebiscite nonsense as soon as possible.

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  • Neil Aitchison

    29 February 2016 at 13:54 |
    Sometimes the truth hurts. Exposing the “unSafe Schools” program in Australia and exposing the same sex agenda is a good thing. For some people to try to undermine the family unit and create the illusion of “moral relativism” (which destroys society) is creating discussion and critical thinking. The more, the better. Is our biological sex determined by nature or nurture?….it’s obviously the former. Is our gender different to our sex?….nope!….it’s only  the subjective, post-modernist person of the “progressive” gay mindset who thinks that redefining words can somehow change reality. Since when is “progress” always a good thing anyhow? It’s all just tricky word-smithing and targeting the naive young children of our society (without parental approval) because they are easy pickings. Make-believe “medical” reports just facilitate the illusion. It’s all about choice: we all can choose to be the way we are created (the natural biological reality) or choose to be something different (fluid “whatever-you-feel-like” gender sexuality ) that is contrary to nature – the latter leads to an unhealthy, destructive, mixed up lifestyle. So blaming opponents of the “progressive” fluid sexuality won’t stop the confusion, anxiety, depression (suicide?) of GLBTIQ people…..it’s their chosen lifestyle that causes it. All the health warnings associated with their lifestyle are ignored thereby creating a self-fulfilling prophecy of hurt, destruction…..and possibly death. The current same sex push affects the way we ALL act and talk – ALL society suffers as a result. Trying to redefine words to get the “abnormal” to suddenly become “normal” (and “immorality” to suddenly become “morality”) doesn’t work and it is a form of delusion to even try it. Morality by any other name  is still morality and immorality by any other name is still immorality. The whole social experiment of trying to engineer morality using political stunts, herd mentality and shove-it-in-our-face programs (like “unSafe Schools”), doesn’t change morality. Our children can now be warned of these manipulative  maneuverings  by hedonistic humanists/atheists so  that the next generation won’t be so easily fooled as the last.
    It is inevitable now that schools will be polarised into “gay schools” and “non-gay schools” as the “gay schools” shout homophobia at anyone who does not want to be a homosexual (it will be a witch-hunt on all the time to “catch-out” the heterosexual and spew abuse at them just like Bill Shorten did to Cory Bernardi – no one wants to be on the run from the homo hit squad all day long) and the “non-gay schools” who are sick in the gut of having rampant hedonistic humanism/atheism shoved down our throats and so they want to live in peace by teaching their children the 3Rs and decency. The creators of the “Safe School” program obviously didn’t think through how their initiative will cause polarised “gay schools” and “non-gay schools” that will now eventuate – that is the path that we are now heading down. For schools/universities to support such a destructive program like “unSafe Schools”, it drags down their reputations and has me, for one, warning people not to send their children to such institutions – parents will vote with their feet (and their wallets) by not sending children to skewed schools/universities that are only into political activism and not into educating people.
    What a disgraceful joke!
    ….and there are gay-only groups that teach people how to have gay relationships, gay sex, etc….so much for homosexuality being “normal/natural” if you have to be taught it….and it is discrimination to make the group a gay-only group (oh….that’s right…..discrimination and abuse only works one way, the heterosexuals have to cop it).
    The Labor Leader, Mr Shorten, prompted and provoked a response from Senator Bernardi – Mr Shorten said “That would be the chap” first thereby prompting and provoking a response from Senator Bernardi. Many media articles fail to mention this but rather pretend that Mr Shorten was bullied for no reason and he used the Safe Schools program to deal with the “bully Bernardi”. No one should prompt or provoke hostility whether in the parliament or the play ground. If people think that what Mr Shorten did is acceptable and that the Safe Schools program encourages LGBTIQ (did I miss a letter?) children to similarly go around prompting and provoking hostility in schools and then crying “victim” when they get criticized, then the Safe Schools project is indeed as dangerous as Senator Bernardi says. The more that we are finding out about this “unSafe Schools” program, the more dangerous it becomes. Mis-reporting by people is causing a growing resentment and disgust against same sex marriage and if the media thinks that the Australian public are too stupid to see through skewed reporting, they are wrong. The same sex marriage lobby group keeps doing this sort of thing over-and-over again and it shows how devious and dishonest they are. The media should not be adopting the same devious and dishonest tactics in their reporting.
    The “unSafe Schools” program tells kids that gender is fluid and sexuality is not definable. It tells kids that Gender is how you feel. The program encourages kids to classify themselves while simultaneously denigrating such classification. It is a view of human sexuality and gender which is entirely constructed and removed from reality. It teaches kids that their personal feelings are paramount and that they should expect EVERYONE to affirm them. It makes kids who choose to be LGBTIQ hypersensitive and on the lookout for anything that might remotely be classified as bullying. The entire foundation of the programme is constructed on conjecture and dodgy use of statistics.
    Also, there is no homophobia…..just a different opinion. People who disagree with same sex relationships simply disagree, nothing more. Calling it homophobia is a cop out for not having a legitimate reason to have a same sex relationship and so to silence your critics, you use emotive name calling. The whole name calling stunt has worn out and people are not put off by being called homophobia, hate speecher or bigot because name calling is an acknowledgement that you have lost the argument. If equality is what the same sex marriage advocates want, then equality for all types of marriage would be allowed. To limit their marriage re-definition to only include “two consenting adults” is being unequal to the people wanting other forms of marriage – so it is quite a big lie to claim that SSM is “marriage equality”. If you want to save money on a “wasteful” plebiscite, then simply leave the Marriage Act as it is – no cost involved then!…..but the same sex lobby pushing for a change are creating the cost.
    The same sex lobby have used the Anti-discrimination Act to try and silence the Roman Catholic Church in Tasmania…..so already this bully tactic has been used. The Australian Christian Lobby are addressing this existing misuse of the Anti-discrimination Act and simply saying that such bully tactics should not be used by anyone (either the “yes” side or the “no” side) to silence people and stop free speech. The way that the media has made out the ACL are wanting favouritism or somehow circumventing the Anti-discrimination Act is further evidence of how devious and deceitful the SSM advocates are. The obvious outcome is that it will backfire and more and more people will be chased over to the “no’ side – that’s what happens when you lie too much for too long. 
    There is no hatred, bigotry or discrimination to uphold the millennia-old understanding that marriage is solely between a man and a woman. At worst, it is just a difference of opinion, and at best, it is upholding history for a reason – opposite sex marriages are the only way that civilizations can thrive and be prosperous (you can have children to start with and then to structure ethics, honesty and decency). The family unit is vital to how society functions and when it is distorted or changed, so does society. Already, heterosexual children are told not to use the terms “boy, girl, him, her, mummy, daddy, etc” because these terms are gender specific and oppose the same-sex/transgender identification – so heterosexual people (from a very young age onwards) are impacted in thousands of ways by the same sex marriage re-definition. Plus all heterosexual marriages change from being recognised as “married to a member of the opposite sex for life” to “someone I am temporarily having sex with” which, for me, would be insulting if I was in anyway assumed to be married just for sex or to another man. So every time I say the words “I’m married”, my marriage is being damaged by the re-definition of marriage. My feelings are as valid as any homosexual’s feeling and should be equally considered seriously in the whole same sex marriage debate. Failure to do so shows that the same sex marriage issue is not about love and equality, but solely a political stunt to legalize rampant hedonism and a blatant attack on Christianity. If you want honesty, then there it is. 
    The Rome Empire that had rampant hedonism  and debauchery in the 1st-3rd centuries were not Christian (they killed Christians for sport in the “circuses” where lions would eat Christians) and the Emperor Constantine turned to Christianity as a way out of the horrors going on in the Roman society. So there is a perfect example of how we must also avoid the same horrors of rampant hedonism and debauchery by following the Christian teachings. In other words, we can be “saved from ourselves”. The ACL and Senator Cory Bernardi are highlighting the unfair and dishonest name-calling and dirty political tactics used by the same sex lobby group to silence their critics and shove their agenda down our throats. This will be highlighted a thousand times as the same sex lobby group continue with their dishonest bully tactics and prove the ACL to be true over-and-over-and-over again. 
    I am loving to homosexuals (the people), but I hate actions that are deceptive, hurtful to people and unnatural (including homosexuality). There is a difference…..plus I am talking about the “same sex lobby group” and not individual homosexuals. I have met many homosexuals who don’t want same sex marriage laws because they don’t want the association with marriage – it is the same sex lobby group that spews out lies and name calling…..and the “unSafe Schools” propaganda. If you think it is Leviticus that I am following, then try reading Romans 1:16-32. No one can disagree with the passage because it is being fulfilled before our very eyes (for example: “Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools”, “vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened”, “uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts”, “God gave them up unto vile affections”….and verses 28-31 describes most of our politicians perfectly).  Amen!

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    • Eric Osterberg

      01 March 2016 at 06:11 |
      Neil, you only know yourself and no one else does. The people who wrote their speculations in the religious books about people made many wrong statements. LGBTs have had enough problems undoing the phony stuff their parents and religions tried to force on us. Fortunately people are learning that we are part of civilization, we live like everyone else, and we are not a threat to humanity. Learn and evolve and don't let your religion brainwash you.

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    • Dr.G

      29 February 2016 at 23:13 |
      Neil, get well soon...

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    • Julia

      29 February 2016 at 15:41 |
      Like I've said before Neil. Close your bible and do some actual research on sexuality and gender. And for gods sake, quit thinking badly reposting your terrible, debunked arguments makes you clever, because it doesn't. You repeating this BS over and over won't make it true. It will however continue to drive people away from your side as it reveals what we've always known, that same sex marriage opponents have no valid arguments to support their position, and are just theocratic bigots.

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