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‘Stop the fags’: Australian posters claim same-sex parents more likely to abuse children

@DanLMcG via Twitter

The LGBT+ community in Australia has faced another horrible blow after posters appeared across Melbourne this weekend suggesting there’s a connection between same-sex parents and abuse.

Featuring a small child cowering with their head between their legs, it’s powered by two adults holding rainbow straps under the title ‘Stop The Fags’.

Included alongside the posters were a list of incorrect facts, reading: ‘92% of children raised by Gay Parents are abused’; ‘72% are obese’; ‘51% have depression’. Other posters also appeared around the city of similar vile suggestions.

The posters come after some expressed a concern that opening a decision on marriage equality in the country will encourage the public airing of homophobic abuse and attitudes. Sadly, it seems this idea has some true.

However there is some great hope in Australia as a new poll has found that the majority of Australians will vote in favour of marriage equality.

Conducted by Newspoll for The Australian, a major new poll has found that 63% of Australians will be voting in favour of same-sex marriage, while 30% will be voting against, and 7% are still undecided.

Related: Australian senator says gay marriage will lead to people marrying bridges

LGBT+ activists have argued that a parliamentary vote is the way forward, as a plebiscite will cost over $100 million and will likely give homophobes a platform to voice hate – which it already has.

 Last year, Kylie Minogue and her ex-fiance Joshua Sasse famously stated that they wouldn’t tie the knot until same-sex couples could do the same, and introduced the highly-publicised Say ‘I Do’ Down Under campaign.

Their campaign was backed by a number of celebrities including Natalie Imbruglia, Margot Robbie, Jake Shears and even Dolly Parton.

Celebrities aren’t the only ones to show support for equality in Australia, as Ben & Jerry’s recently banned customers from buying two scoops of the same flavour until same-sex couples can marry.

But not everyone is in favour of marriage equality, as Tasmanian Senator Eric Abetz has claimed that allowing same-sex couples to get married will lead to people marrying inanimate objects like the Harbour Bridge.

“Once you remove that vital element of it being a man/woman thing, and you just say love is love etc., then basically you open the floodgates to anything,” he said.

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