Green MP Kevin Hague says a pamphlet being put on cars in Auckland gives the general public a glimpse of the âgarbage endâ of the correspondence and submissions against the marriage equality Bill.
The flyer warns that marriage equality will lead to further youth crime and increased spending on âsyphilis, mental health and AIDSâ.
The unsigned leaflet was placed on cars in the student carpark at AUTâs
Akoranga campus yesterday. They are believed to have been written and distributed by members of a Korean church. While they direct people to a petition on the Protect Marriage website, spokesman for the group Bob McCoskrie says it has nothing at all to do with them.
The pamphlet asks âWould you allow your children or family members to commit to same sex marriage?â
The document falsely claims that tomorrowâs second reading of the Bill could pass it into law and that words such as husband and wife will be completely banned from usage:
Hague says the flyer is wrong about the process, as the second reading doesn't finalise the law. He says itâs also wrong about particular words being outlawed and is an âevidence-free zone on arguments,â such as claiming marriage equality will lead to syphilis increase.
âIt nicely illustrates the fear and ignorance that almost always underpin prejudice and discrimination,â he says.
Marriage equality Bill author Louisa Wall says itâs scare mongering and feeds people's lack of knowledge about what the bill is trying to achieve.