Parents of gay and lesbian children are challenging the Rudd Government to reverse its position on same-sex marriage with a series of television advertisements.
The national television advertising campaign — which started last Friday — is authorised by support group Parents and Friends of Lesbians And Gays (PFLAG) and aims to take the fight for same-sex marriage to the wider community.
The advertisement features national PFLAG spokeswoman Shelley Argent challenging Prime Minister Kevin Rudd about his refusal to lend party support for same-sex marriage.
“I am the proud mother of two sons, the eldest gay, the youngest straight,” Argent says on camera.
“My gay son should have the same rights as his brother, including marrying the person he loves.
“Mr Rudd, my son is not a second-rate citizen, or do you think he is? Other countries are recognising same-sex marriage. Show your leadership and do the same.”
Brisbane-based Argent said being in a happy 35-year marriage herself she simply wants the same thing for both her sons.
The advertisement will air on Channel Seven’s Sunrise program over the next four weeks.
The television campaign follows a recent two-part PFLAG-sponsored media promotion series on The Age’s website. The online advertisements encouraged readers to make submissions in favour of same-sex marriage to the Marriage Amendment Bill Senate Inquiry, which is now closed.
info: The advert appears on the front of the Southern Star website: www.sstar.net.au