A mother’s claim that her son was told he could wear a dress to school, as aired in an anti-same sex marriage advertisement, is false, a Melbourne principal says.
Cella White, whose son goes to Frankston High School, appears in the Coalition for Marriage’s television commercial last night saying “the school told my son he could wear a dress next year if he felt like it”.
But school principal John Albiston said the offer was never made. “She said it happened in a science class so we spoke to her son’s science teachers. They said it never happened,” the principal said today. “I think it’s very disappointing that she didn’t meet with me to explore her concerns.
Mr Albiston said Ms White had previously raised concerns about the Safe Schools program, aimed at educating students about sexual and gender diversity. “I guess I wasn’t shocked (by her claims in this advertisement) because I’ve heard her claims so many times on the media … she’s very outspoken,” Mr Albiston said.
A voluntary postal vote on whether to legalise same-sex marriage will be held next month unless it’s blocked by a looming High Court challenge.
The Coalition for Marriage launched its first national television advertising campaign encouraging parents to vote against same-sex marriage, warning that they could lose control of gender programs taught to schoolchildren.
The advertisement — backed by the key organisation behind the “No campaign” — is the first in a series aimed at highlighting broader consequences it argues could arise from the legalisation of same-sex marriage in Australia.
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