Anti-gay marriage ad complaints thrown out

ONE News 19 May 2013
The advertising watchdog has thrown out complaints made against anti-gay marriage advertisements published by Family First.

The advertisements titled “21 great reasons to keep marriage as is” and “If you vote to change ‘marriage’ we will vote to change you” were published in the lead up to the passing of a bill legalising gay marriage last month.

A complainant said the material was offensive, inflammatory and “largely incorrect and was filled with biases”.

But the Advertising Standards Authority threw out the complaint saying the advertisements allowed for points of view and robust expression.

Another complaint against Family First’s “My Marriage Pledge” newspaper advertisements was also rejected.

“Once again, we see evidence of people who are demanding tolerance and diversity showing very little of it,” said National Director of Family First New Zealand Bob McCoskrie.

“The ASA was completely correct to send the complaints to the paper shredder.”

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