A mock website has gone live in what appears to be a rebuttal to the controversial Stand4Marriage campaign currently making its way to Brisbane as part of a ‘Queensland Election Prayer Rally Tour’.
The billboard truck, which outraged social media users and politicians earlier this week, directed people to the Stand4Marriage.org.au website which warned of the dangers to children from same-sex marriage.
Today, a virtually identical website has appeared under the Stand4Marriage.net web address, but instead touts the benefits to children from marriage equality.
“Children being raised by same-sex couples benefit from marriage to provide their children with the legal security and social recognition that comes with having married parents,” it reads.
Like its anti-gay sister site, there is no direct information about who has set it up, but the spoof page also pokes fun at Stand4Marriage’s ‘A Sensible Man’ blog, with the gay marriage-supporting ‘A Sensible Woman’.
The billboard artwork has also undergone a makeover, replacing the ‘Dark Side’ of same-sex marriage with the ‘Bright Side’.
The original Stand4Marriage website is registered to Australian Heart Ministries and Warwick Marsh – the founder of the The Fatherhood Foundation.
Marsh was dumped as one of the Federal Government’s men’s health ambassadors in 2008 by then Health Minister Nicola Roxon over his anti-gay views.
The site also has links to failed NSW Christian Democratic Party candidate Peter Madden.