Only seconds ago I watched a video that advocates ‘equality for kids'. All great and cuddly, of course, becasue who wouldn't want something that has to do with the words ‘equality' and ‘kids', right? Except, the people who made this video use kids in their campaign against marriage equality.
We all know that using children to make a statement works pretty well. In movies, when someone has to be persuaded, you always hear that one far cry of a woman shouting ‘The children! Think about the children!'. It's true, everyone should think about the children. And the anti-gay group AMF used this fact to its own advance.
AMF- short for Australian Marriage Forum - is the anti-gay lobby group that made the video. For one whole minute, they show two airbrushed adults. The first thing you see is a screen with the words "Think of the child". A piano starts playing and a woman appears. "You hear a lot about marriage equality", she says "But what about equality for kids?". Her own child sits next to her, while other kids are playing in the background.
Another voice starts talking. The man is introduced as family doctor David van Gend. "Children have an equal right, wherever possible, to both a mum and a dad. So-called marriage equality forces a child to miss out on a mother or a father. That's not equality for the kids who miss out. That's not marriage." The family doctor later appears to be the president of AMF. The woman's voice says "Give every child their chance of a mum and a dad." Then another screen appears, where they ask you to donate so they can put the ad on TV.
In my opinion, AMF didn't really think about the children. Whether parents are man and woman, same gender or single parents who love their child unconditionally and take care of them... For me, that is ‘Thinking about the children'.
Want to watch the video for yourself? See it here