Taxpayer funded broadcaster SBS pulled the Australian Marriage Forum’s anti same-sex marriage television advertisement from their Sunday night telecast of the 37th Sydney Mardi Gras.
The 43-second TV ad aired on Channel 7 and 9 on Saturday while the parade was underway but SBS refused to run it. The president of Family Forum, Dr David van Gend said the ad was booked and paid for but he received an email from SBS on Friday saying they had pulled it. The ad was part of the Forum’s campaign opposing same-sex marriage, called “Think of the Child”.
“Our review board has instructed that SBS has the right to choose what ads we run, and I’ve unfortunately been instructed to advise you that we choose not to run this TVC for the Marriage Forum during the Mardi Gras telecast,” the email from SBS sales manager for Queensland, Nick Belof, said.
Dr Dr van Gend said “SBS gives free airtime for them to make their political point on ‘marriage equality’, but refuses to show even one minute of a paid ad presenting an opposing view.”
Independent Sydney MP Alex Greenwich, a vocal supporter of same-sex marriage, said: “Same-sex couples make excellent parents, and the children of same-sex couples deserve the right to have married parents.
“I would like to dismiss the ads as being on the fringe of public opinion and clearly not representative of the way in which a strong majority of Australians support the LGBTI [Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex] community, but I think we also can’t underestimate the damage that these ads can do to vulnerable LGBTI people.”
Mr van Gend said a large peer-reviewed study published in January drawn from over 200,000 children, found that emotional problems in children are four times higher in same-sex households than in households with both biological parents.
Here is the commercial that SBS refused to run.