Green MP Kevin Hague says a pamphlet being put on cars in Auckland gives the general public a glimpse of the â€śgarbage endâ€ť 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 â€śsyphilis, mental health and AIDSâ€ť.
The unsigned leaflet was placed on cars in the student carpark at AUTâ€™s
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 â€śWould you allow your children or family members to commit to same sex marriage?â€ť
The document falsely claims that tomorrowâ€™s 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 itâ€™s also wrong about particular words being outlawed and is an â€śevidence-free zone on arguments,â€ť such as claiming marriage equality will lead to syphilis increase.
â€śIt nicely illustrates the fear and ignorance that almost always underpin prejudice and discrimination,â€ť he says.
Marriage equality Bill author Louisa Wall says itâ€™s scare mongering and feeds people's lack of knowledge about what the bill is trying to achieve.