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First no to same sex marriage TV ad says ‘Parents have lost their right to choose’

The Coalition for Marriage has released the first television No campaign for the same sex marriage plebiscite, claiming parents will lose their rights to make decisions about their children should the Yes campaign win.

“School told my son he could wear a dress next year if he felt like it,” a mother says opening the ad which describes parents’ fears if marriage equality was legalised.

Backed to sombre music, another woman says: “When same sex marriage passes as law overseas this type of a program becomes widespread and compulsory”

Text then appears across the screen with the message, “in countries with gay marriage, parents have lost their rights to choose”.

Mothers and women continue to share their concerns with legalising same sex marriage saying, “kids in year seven are being asked to role play being in a same sex relationship”.

“We have a choice, you can say no,” the ad states in conclusion.

The Coalition for Marriage has also created a website which asks browsers whether or not they will “commit to supporting the Marriage Act” and donate to “help keep this ad on air”.

According to the organisation’s website the ad costs $35,000 a day to “ensure millions of Australians hear the message about the consequences of change”.

The website also asks users to sign up and make phone calls, door knock or do a letterbox drop to help spread the No message.

A spokesperson for the Coalition for Marriage, said: “At this time, we are not in a position to share the details of the creative agency.”

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