Australian Senator Cory Bernardi has launched a robocall to one million homes in Australia, warning voters of the danger that gay marriage poses to children and families.
The Equality Campaign’s executive director, Tiernan Brady, said it had “no complaint” that opponents of marriage equality were campaigning but the robocall was the latest example of a “daily campaign of red herrings and misdirection” that had nothing to do with marriage.
In the call Bernardi identifies himself and says: “As a parent I am deeply concerned about how changing the Marriage Act will affect families and children.”
“Ultimately this is a question about parents’ rights,” he says.
“Changing the Marriage Act will limit the right of parents to object to radical gay sex education and gender ideology programs from being taught in schools.
“Books like The Gender Fairy, which is aimed at four-year-olds, will become commonplace in our schools.”
“We’re going to see more programs like the controversial and misnamed [anti-bullying] Safe Schools program that teaches kids their gender is fluid and not based on biology.”
Brady told Guardian Australia “the campaigners against marriage equality are perfectly entitled to campaign. Our complaint has always been they won’t campaign on the issue of marriage equality because they know the Australian people are for it. There’s been a daily campaign of red herrings and misdirection, but the Australian people will see through it no matter how many calls [opponents] make.”
Watch Bernardi spew lies in this recent video from the anti-gay marriage campaign: