newsCO.com.au–‘Vote no’ message appears above Sydney

September 17, 2017

The Coalition for Marriage has denied it was responsible for an enormous same-sex marriage message scrawled across Sydney’s skyline.

The phrase “vote no” appeared in skywriting above the city about 11am on Sunday.

It came the day after the Coalition for Marriage, the main group opposing any change to Australia’s marriage law, launched its campaign in Sydney.

“The sky writing is not organised by Coalition for Marriage,” a spokeswoman told AAP.

“It seems to be grass roots action. People are speaking out.”

The message appears to have been organised through a Go Fund Me campaign which raised over $2,300.

The page, whose author was not identified, declared it was “time for traditional Australian’s (sic) to take a stand”.

“It’s time we all sent a clear message that we will not put up with our way of life been deconstructed any further,” it said.

The author claimed opponents to same-sex marriage had been “bullied into silence” and “condemned” for their views.

One woman donated $1000 to the cause.

The page had been flooded with abusive comments by Sunday afternoon.

“I feel sorry for all of you,” one woman wrote.

“What an awful way to live your lives. I can’t imagine being so hateful.”

Twitter users posted similar condemnation of the skywriting message.

Senator Cory Bernardi, who spearheaded the Coalition for Marriage’s campaign launch, declared opponents of change were on the “right side of legal and moral history”.

About 1000 people gathered for the event, which also included speeches from prominent coalition politicians Matt Canavan and Concetta Fierravanti-Wells.

Almost half of all Australians eligible to take part in the national postal survey on same-sex marriage should have received their ballot this week, a Senate inquire heard on Friday.

Results are expected on November 15.

 

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