Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) Australia have continued their campaigning against the marriage equality plebiscite with a new advertisement.
In it, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is questioned at the altar on the federal government’s planned plebiscite – public vote – on the issue.
“As parents, we will not stand by and watch the government subject our LGBTI children to the indignity and humiliation of a national vote about their basic rights,” PFLAG spokesperson Shelley Argent said.
“Our ad will increase pressure on politicians to do the right thing and have a free vote in parliament.”
The group recently launched a new website, MakeItLaw.com.au, to make it easier for those who don’t want the plebiscite to write to their local politicians and ask them to hold a free vote on marriage equality in the Parliament instead. Since the website’s launch 74,100 emails opposing the plebiscite have been sent to federal politicians, the group said.
PFLAG said their new ad will run on social media and on Sky News when Parliament resumes next week.
Last weekend, News Corp reported that voters will go to the polls next February to answer the question, “Do you approve of a law to permit people of the same sex to marry?”
But a spokesperson for the Prime Minister said that while the Australian Electoral Commission had told the Government to postpone the vote until next year, “no decision” had as yet been made.
Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) Australia recently released survey results revealing 8 out of every 10 LGBTI Australians are opposed to the plebiscite and have called on the government to hold a free vote in the parliament instead.
A separate poll commissioned by PFLAG suggested wider public support for the plebiscite was dropping.