Outrage over 'road train of hate'
A "road train of hate" headed to the North Coast to pitch an anti same-sex marriage message may get a different welcome to what its organisers expect.
The work of anti same-sex marriage group Stand4Marriage, the mobile billboard, which reportedly measures 9m by 3m, will make its way through the streets of Casino and Lismore some time between today and Thursday.
On its way to Brisbane for a "prayer rally" to be held two days before the Queensland election, the mobile billboard has attracted outrage from North Coast gays and lesbians.
Some are mobilising to give the billboard the "makeover" they say it deserves.
The billboard shows a man with his arm around a boy and the message: "not my children! not on my watch!"
It also includes an image of a child's face alongside text which says: "the dark side of same-sex marriage - homosexual sex-ed for your young children".
Angela Pollard of same-sex marriage advocacy group Equal Love described the billboard as offensive and a throwback to the 1950s.
"It's a road-train of hate," she said.
"The obvious sub-text here is that gay people are pedophiles and I am deeply offended by that inference.
"My first reaction was what on earth does it have to do with me, my partner and my life.
"The distortion that the campaign presents about the real lives of gays and lesbian shocks me and that in 2012 we could still have people using such 'bogeymen' for people who are same-sex attracted.
"It is like some sort of fossilised throwback from the 1950s.
"It really has no place in the modern world and I struggle to believe anyone will take it seriously.
"Anyone who troubles to do even the most basic research will know that most pedophiles are heterosexual.
"And I am not stupid enough to think, on the basis of that, that all heterosexuals are pedophiles.
The obvious sub-text here is that gay people are pedophiles and I am deeply offended by that inference.