Here is your one-stop shop of stirrer posts rebutting the NO campaign.
The NO campaign has mostly not been about marriage equality. It’s been about so-called “unintended consequences”. In particular, they have been whipping up hysteria over the supposed “dangers” to children, and they’ve been using a truckload of lies and distortions about to do it. Safe Schools is NOT what they say.
The lead campaigner against Safe Schools claims just to be an ordinary mum. But Politicalpostingmumma is a dedicated political campaigner with links to the Christian Lobby, Pauline Hanson, and Rise up Australia.
In fact, the dangerous teachings are all coming from the other side. They’re teaching toxic masculine/feminine stereotypes that harm children
When they are not scaremongering about the imaginary abuse of children – and conveniently ignoring the mountain of child abuse committed by clergy and religious institutions – they make a great play of their right to “religious freedom”. But whenever they’ve been offered it in the past, the ACL and the Catholic Church, two of the principal partners in the Coalition for Marriage, have fought against it tooth and nail.
All their talk of religious freedom has created the false impression that organised religion, and Christianity in particular, is against marriage equality. But that isn’t true. The recent donation of $1m to the Coalition for Marriage by the renegade Sydney diocese of the Anglican church has generated enormous backlash. Huge swathes of the Christian and Jewish faiths support the YES case. Here’s a couple of examples.
The stirrer has been warning for some time about the real agenda behind the anti-equality campaign. A campaign to cement religious rights in law ahead of all other human rights. When they talk about ‘balancing’ the right to religious freedom with other human rights, what they really mean is elevating religious rights above all others. This campaign has been imported lock stock and barrel from the USA culture wars.
YOU’RE ALREADY EQUAL
Another strand of the NO campaign has been the insistence that we are already equal, and it’s all just a stoush over a word. Closely allied are the arguments that there can be some sort of compromise between our right to equality and their ‘right’ to continue to discriminate. A demand that we settle for marriage-lite, rather than actual marriage. Marriage apartheid, not marriage equality. This is another long-running argument, as you can tell by the age of some of the posts.
Both sides have been crying poor and trying to claim underdog status. Although there have been a couple of well-publicised large donations to each side, the sheer volume of expensive television and other advertising clearly demonstrates that the NO side has a lot more cash. Possible sources are discussed in some of the posts above. There is, however, one group of YES campaigners who have been forgotten in the rush to throw money at the Equality Campaign, and that is Rodney Croome, Ivan Hinton-Teoh, Shelley Argent, and Felicity Marlowe: please chuck some dollars their way. They fought long and hard to stop this postal vote abomination.
COMPETITION FOR SYMPATHY
As well as crying poor, both sides have tried to claim they are the ones most vilified, silenced and damaged. I’m going to pass over the NO sides claims with a hollow laugh, and point you to a couple of pieces from the YES side.
Win or lose, marriage equality isn’t the end, but only a beginning. LGBTI rights and equality is a never ending story, with many chapters yet to be written. And winning, for a long-despised minority like us, is only ever temporary. We not only have to fight to win new ground, we also have to defend what we have gained.