Anti-same sex marriage campaigners accidentally copy bisexual pride flag

Coalition for Marriage selected blue, purple and pink as campaign colours

Lydia Smith
Tuesday 15 August 2017 18:40 BST
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The bisexual pride flag was designed in 1998
The bisexual pride flag was designed in 1998

Supporters of LGBT equality have pointed out the logo chosen by a new Australian anti-same sex marriage campaign looks a lot like the bisexual pride flag.

The Coalition for Marriage, which consists of groups including the Marriage Alliance, the Australian Christian Lobby and the Christian Schools Association, is campaigning against equal marriage in the country.

It claims to give a voice to the “silent majority” and stand up for the “freedom of religion”.

Yet the group recently launched a campaign with a blue, purple and pink logo – the colours of the bisexual pride flag.

The flag, designed by activist Michael Page in 1998, was created to give the bisexual community its own symbol other than the gay pride rainbow flag.

Same-sex marriage is not legal in Australia, but recent surveys have shown an increase in support for marriage equality.

The University of Melbourne surveys the same 17,000 people each year for an annual report.

This year, it found 67 per cent of women and 59 per cent of men stated homosexual couples should have the same marriage, employment and parenting rights as heterosexual couples.

The Australian government recently called for a postal vote on whether gay and lesbian couples should be allowed to marry, which critics argue is a costly process that will not accurately assess public opinion.

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