Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, in a reach to liberal voters, promised to organize a same-sex marriage referendum if he were to be voted in as Prime Minister. As that is now indeed the case, Mr. Turnbull has used postal voting to get the Australian public’s opinion on this heated topic.
Australians get a letter in their mail asking whether the 1961 Marriage Act should be amended to include same-sex couples. The ballot carries a single question: "Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?" with the options "Yes" or "No".
The problem is that many are using this opportunity to blame a group for their opposition to the subject. The target? Christians.
Not for the first time since the vote started, an Australian church was sprayed with graffiti urging church-goers to 'Vote Yes, bash bigots' and 'crucify No voters'.
Drew Mellor, the head pastor of Glen Waverley Anglican Church, discovered the menacing words on Sunday morning. He said: “That's very unsettling for some of our older members of our church this morning. Some asked, 'Does that mean we're going to be bashed?”
Many parishioners also took issue with a cross and a Nazi swastika being sprayed on either side of an equals sign, telling them in no uncertain way that the graffiti artist thinks Christians are Nazis.
“To see Christians in that light, that somehow we hold a view that if people don't agree with us then we're going to do something to diminish them, that's not what people of the Gospel think. It conveys a message that as a Christian church we are intolerant.'
The Coalition for Marriage, an organization leading the 'No' case against gay marriage, is saddened to see so much graffiti show up on church walls, saying it simply highlights the intolerance of 'Yes' campaigners. Spokeswoman Ms. Monica Doumit: “One thing that this process has revealed is that, despite the rhetoric, 'Yes' campaigners do not actually believe in a tolerant society, where people are allowed to 'live and let live'.”