The sacking of the Federal Government’s recently named Men’s Health Ambassador, Warwick Marsh, for anti-gay advocacy work sent a message that homophobia was unacceptable.
But activists said more needed to be done to expose the lies and discredited research that was being peddled to politicians when deciding same-sex parenting rights.
The Gender Matters document and now the documents about marriage and sexual integrity are part of a broader agenda to impose conservative values on Australian societies and our parliamentarians, Australian Coalition for Equality spokesman Rod Swift said.
It should serve as a wake-up call to all groups that believe in plurality and freedom in our society that these groups are distorting political debate and we should make sure such documents don’t go unchallenged.
Swift and other gay rights advocates have begun debunking claims made in the documents sent to parliamentarians as several states continue to debate ongoing same-sex parenting reforms.
Health Minister Nicola Roxon took responsibility for the failure to vet the volunteer positions to the taxpayer-funded program.
These comments, relating in the main to homosexuality, are unacceptable and repugnant. I firmly disagree with the views expressed, she responded to Sydney Star Observer last week.
Mr Marsh has not repudiated his offensive comments. This makes his position as an Ambassador untenable and I have made a decision to dismiss him from this role.
But a second co-author of the report also named among six Men’s Health
Ambassadors had unequivocally disowned the views set out in the document and would remain.
[Barry Williams] has assured me of this directly, and has expressly stated this publicly. I accept his explanation.
Marsh hosted the 2004 Marriage Forum in Parliament House where Nicola Roxon first announced Labor would support a ban on same-sex marriage. Marsh and Williams also spoke at a rally against lesbian parenting reforms in NSW earlier this year.