Gay hate flyer delivered ahead of same-sex marriage vote in Tasmania

Flyer displaying statistics on gay and straight life expectancy described as 'hateful and scurrilous' by state electoral commissioner

Gay hate flyer delivered ahead of same-sex marriage vote in Tasmania
01 May 2013

Over three-thousand flyers displaying statistics showing that gay people have a lower life expectancy than straight people have been distributed in the Tasmanian capital of Hobart ahead of a key gay marriage vote this Saturday.

State electoral commissioner Julian Type described the flyers as ‘hateful and scurrilous’ and said they could be a breach of the Electoral Act because they are not authorized.

The flyers are not attributed to any particular group or political party, and only have a cryptic email address as a clue to who made them.

‘Scripture rejects homosexuality as utterly abominable,’ says some of the text on the flyer.

‘On the other hand secular media and academia say homosexuality is just fine but they cannot both be correct. The following FACTS and statistics for 4,805 obituaries in 15 US homosexual newspapers compared to obituaries from two major US newspapers.’

The flyer then presents graph showing ‘lifespans’ (pictured) of ‘males’, ‘homosexuals’ and ‘females’. The bars for ‘homosexuals’ is split into ‘AIDS’ and ‘non-AIDS’. Those bars and one for ‘lesbian’ are considerably younger (39, 42, 43) than the bars that are presented as for heterosexual people (74, 57, 79, 71).

‘Some people will dismiss these flyers as a joke but they have a dramatic impact, especially on young people coming to terms with being gay,’ spokesperson for Tasmanian Gay and Lesbian Rights Group, Rodney Croome.

‘If there were flyers that treated blacks or Jews in the derogatory way these flyers treat gay and lesbian people there’d be an outcry. My hope is the inquiries currently underway will determine where the money has come from to pay for the printing and distribution of these flyers.’

Tasmania’s Upper House are set to vote on same-sex marriage legislation on Saturday.

Last September the Upper House narrowly rejected a same-sex marriage bill. In March independent Member of the Legislative Council (MLC) Ruth Forrest tabled a motion to bring the bill back to the house.

‘The fact there’s still this kind of hate in parts the community shows why it’s important we remove all discrimination from our laws, especially when we’re dealing with something as important as marriage,’ added Croome.  

HAVE YOUR SAY

MORE TOP STORIES

No thumbnail available

Italian gay student made 10 calls to suicide hotlines before he jumped

Before a Rome medical student jumped off an 11 story building, he made frequent calls crying for help over the homophobia he faced at university
No thumbnail available

Uganda president playing both sides on anti-gay law

Only President Yoweri Museveni stands in the way of draconian anti-LGBTI bill becoming law. He appears to want to win domestic support without alienating international opinion
No thumbnail available

Kid Rock says nobody can tell him not to use ‘gay’ as an insult

The US rapper turned country music performer says the Rap-Rock genre he helped to pioneer ‘turned out to be pretty gay’ and not in a good way
No thumbnail available

Trailblazer: La Voix – 'I have custom-made headphones – on-flight ones don't fit over my hair!'

The former Britain's Got Talent star on her life in travel – from cruising around Fort Lauderdale to a holiday romance with a sexy Frenchman...
No thumbnail available

When Michele Bachmann met Glee star Darren Criss

Opponent of LGBT equality asked to pose for photo with actor who plays gay
No thumbnail available

EastEnders’ sexiest male David Witts: ‘I’d be happy to play gay’

British soap star, who plays Joey Branning in EastEnders, says he would be happy if his lothario character ended up gay
No thumbnail available

Tom Daley has the cutest phone cover of him and Dustin

Oscar-winning screenwriter is reportedly going to move in with the Olympic diver when he flies to London in May
No thumbnail available

Man throws gay lover to his death through 3rd story window in Hyderabad, India

A 60-year-old married Indian man threw his 20-year-old male lover through a third story window Tuesday morning after a dispute broke out between the pair while they were apparently having sex
No thumbnail available

What do you think of Magnum’s new ‘drag queen’ advert?

Ice-cream brand Magnum premiered a new commercial at the Cannes Film Festival last week – and it includes a former contestant from RuPaul's Drag Race
No thumbnail available

Why one US gay couple got married eight times

George Takei to narrate Married and Counting documentary charting the couple who married in every US state they could