The Australian 4-10-16
Marriage Alliance uses mobile app in same-sex debate
The campaign to preserve the traditional definition of marriage has deployed state-of-the-art mobile technologies in a bid to grow a broader, more interconnected support base and clinch a victory in any popular vote.
The “Marriage Alliance app” is now available for download onto iPhone and Android devices and is being used as a campaigning tool to sway voters ahead of Malcolm Turnbull’s potential same sex marriage plebiscite.
The development is being touted as a possible game-changer in the marriage campaign that will “eclipse anything that has previously been seen in Australia” and help win over the views of everyday Australians.
The application connects users and informs them of the latest developments in the marriage debate while also promising rewards for those who take action to help defend the traditional definition of marriage.
Marriage Alliance spokeswoman Sophie York told The Australian the technology was the same as that taken-up by the successful “Leave” campaign in the Brexit referendum and the Republican Party in the current US Presidential contest.
“Marriage Alliance is building and deploying some of the world’s most sophisticated political campaign technology and infrastructure including our new mobile application,” she said. “We are strongly mounting a world class campaign to maintain marriage, and will leave no stone unturned to win the hearts and minds of millions of Australians.”
“The innovations we are bringing to the marriage campaign will eclipse anything that has previously been seen in Australia.”
The initiative comes as the debate over the government’s proposed same sex marriage plebiscite continues to take-up much of the political agenda, with Bill Shorten today again making the case for a parliamentary vote to resolve the issue.
The Opposition Leader seized on a warning from leading Australian mental health expert Patrick McGorry who called for the plebiscite to be dumped because of the hurt it could inflict on gay and lesbian people.
“We have seen important experts come out in the national media and counsel against the plebiscite on the basis of the mental health harm a plebiscite will cause,” Mr Shorten said.
Speaking at a press conference alongside Dr McGorry, Mr Shorten said the plebiscite would cost $200 million, described it as a “colossal waste of money” and warned the result would not bind the government backbench.
Mr Shorten noted that advocates of same sex marriage, including parents and those in “rainbow families,” were prepared to wait longer for marriage equality if it meant avoiding the harm which could be unleashed by a plebiscite.
Dr McGorry said there was a five times increased risk of suicide for LGBTIQ people and the risk would increase in the event of a public campaign to accompany a plebiscite.
“This is a dangerous thing to be doing to actually give a free rein to this sort of debate,” he said. “It will harm peoples’ mental health, there is no doubt about that... We shouldn’t go down this track.”
Last month, the Mercure Sydney Airport Hotel received intimidating phone calls from gay marriage campaigners -- including threats of physical harm -- because it had taken a booking for a conference room for Christian groups including the Anglican Church, the Catholic Church, the Marriage Alliance and the Australian Christian Lobby.
The hotel had to freeze its Facebook page after it was smashed with abusive messages about the booking which was to allow the groups to prepare for a “no” campaign in the potential plebiscite.
Every child comes from and needs BOTH a mother and a father. Same-sex "marriage" intentionally keeps either a mother or a father from the child. Government should protect the child through upholding traditional marriage.
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