Leader of the Christian Democratic Party Fred Nile has backed the Coalition for Marriage’s recent campaign ad suggesting same-sex marriage will lead to radical sex education in schools.

The ad, which was deemed too ‘explicit’ to be aired during the day, features text lifted from Minus18’s OMG I’m Trans and OMG I’m Queer resources.

The Coalition for Marriage has continuously argued that marriage equality in Australia will see a rise in radical sex education in school, something they tenuously conflate with the pro-LGBTI and anti-bullying Safe Schools program.

In a statement, Nile responded to the ad by claiming that changing the law on marriage would have “lasting and damaging consequences”.

“The only lie here is that so-called same-sex ‘marriage’ won’t result in a dangerous ideology being pushed on children as young as twelve,” he said.

“We’ve heard it straight – no pun intended – from the horse’s mouth: radical ‘gay’ sex education will be the next step.

“It’s telling that their own material can’t be shown before 8:30pm and has to have an MA rating, but will be force-fed in primary schools throughout Australia.”

Despite the No campaign’s renewed efforts to incite fear among parents around primary school students, the main focus of Safe Schools has always been to help secondary school students.

Earlier this year a spokesperson for the National Office of the Safe Schools program discounted similar claims.

“[Safe Schools] continues to support secondary schools as its main focus. We also respond to requests from primary school educators for assistance such as support, advice, and staff training in meeting the needs of their students and school communities,” they said.

Nile recently made headlines after warning Australians that gay people may start handing out separate citizenships and adopting rapper Macklemore’s song Same Love as their national anthem.

The marriage equality postal survey is coming to a close, with the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) recommending eligible voters return their forms this week.

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