Coalition for Marriage (Australia)

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Coalition for Marriage
Coalition for Marriage logo.svg
Formation 1 August 2017; 13 months ago (2017-08-01)
Legal status Active

The Coalition for Marriage is an Australian lobby group that advocates for continuing to define marriage as being between a man and a woman, as found in the Marriage Amendment Act 2004.[1]


The organisation has a lead role in lobbying for the "No" case - associated with the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey. Other organisations partnering with the Coalition for Marriage,[2] in opposition to same-sex marriage, include the Australian Catholic Bishops' Conference, the Australian Christian Lobby and Marriage Alliance.[3][4]

The first Coalition for Marriage advertisement on TV featured three women and focused on the Safe Schools education program.[5] In the ad, the women – Heidi McIvor,[6] Cella White,[7] and Pansy Lai[8] – ask about potential gender confusion issues for children. The ad was supported by Conservative senator Cory Bernardi[9] and by social commentator Andrew Bolt.[10] The ad was criticised as being inaccurate and for linking the survey (and same-sex marriage in general) to Safe Schools,[11] and by Opposition Leader, Bill Shorten who said, "Malcolm Turnbull ... gave the green light to this rubbish".[12][13] Mothers of transgender children criticised the ad for bringing their children into the same-sex marriage debate.[14] The three women and supporters of the yes position have all commented on the responses to the ad.[15] Minister for Environment and Energy Josh Frydenberg expressed that he "did not have a problem" with the advertisement, stating that he has "great confidence in the public's ability to make their own decisions as to whether they'll be voting yes or no".[16]

One of the women in the ad (Dr Lai) was threatened that she would be shot “this week”[17][18][19] and a campaign was initiated (subsequently pulled) to revoke her medical registration.[20][21]


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  1. ^ Under the Marriage Act 1961 there was no specific definition of marriage until this 2004 amending act.
  2. ^ a b "Coalition for marriage partners". Retrieved 30 August 2017. 
  3. ^ Devine, Miranda (14 August 2017). "Gay marriage lobby holds the aces, but the silent majority is stirring". News Corp Australia. Retrieved 30 August 2017. 
  4. ^ Gregory, Katherine (14 August 2017). "Same-sex marriage: Coalition for Marriage joins No campaign, says it is voice for 'silent majority'". ABC News. Retrieved 30 August 2017. 
  5. ^ Paul Karp, (29 August 2017), Coalition for Marriage ad blitz links marriage equality to gender education: No campaign ads claim schools will allow boys to wear dresses and compel students to role play same-sex relationships, The Guardian. Retrieved 1 September 2017
  6. ^ Anti same-sex marriage campaigner slammed on social media after new ad appears in local paper, (31 August 2017,]. Retrieved 1 September 2017
  7. ^ Charis Chang, (1 September 2017), The controversial past of mother-of-four who appeared in advertisement against same-sex marriage, . Retrieved 1 September 2017
  8. ^ Jessica Anne Washington, (1 September 2017), Anti same-sex marriage campaigner Pansy Lai promotes conversion therapy, Retrieved 1 September 2017
  9. ^ "Same-sex marriage 'a rainbow Trojan horse'". Sky News. 31 August 2017. Retrieved 1 September 2017. 
  10. ^ Bolt, Andrew (31 August 2017). "Saying this ad lies is a lie". Herald Sun. Retrieved 1 September 2017. 
  11. ^ Koziol, Michael (30 August 2017). "Shorten blames Turnbull for 'total rubbish' TV ad from same-sex marriage opponents". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 30 August 2017. 
  12. ^ Palin, Megan (30 August 2017). "Anti same-sex marriage campaign airs: 'School told my son he could wear a dress'". Herald Sun. Retrieved 30 August 2017. 
  13. ^ Koziol, Michael (30 August 2017). "Shorten blames Turnbull for 'total rubbish' TV ad from same-sex marriage opponents". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 30 August 2017. 
  14. ^ Sainty, Lane (30 August 2017). "These Mums Are Scared For Their Transgender Kids After First "No" Same-Sex Marriage Ad Airs". BuzzFeed. Retrieved 5 September 2017. 
  15. ^ Chang, Charis (1 September 2017). "'No' mums hit back against bullying after ad against same-sex marriage airs and say they have been demonised for their views". News Ltd. Retrieved 2 September 2017. 
  16. ^ "Tighter same-sex marriage survey restrictions on hold as first No ad airs". ABC News. 2017-08-29. Retrieved 2017-09-17. 
  17. ^ Shanahan, Dennis (4 September 2017). "GetUp!-backed petition seeks to deregister doctor from No-case ad". The Australian. Retrieved 4 September 2017. 
  18. ^ "Petition calls for doctor in 'no' campaign same-sex marriage ad to be deregistered". Yahoo News. 4 September 2017. Retrieved 4 September 2017. 
  19. ^ Morgan, Riley. "Same-sex marriage: Petition launched to deregister doctor who appeared in No campaign ad". News. Retrieved 2017-09-03. 
  20. ^ Shanahan, Dennis (4 September 2017). "GetUp! pulls petition against GP Pansy Lai who appeared in anti same-sex ad". The Australian. Retrieved 4 September 2017. 
  21. ^ "Petition launched against doctor in 'No' ad". Sky News. 4 September 2017. Retrieved 4 September 2017. 

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