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No letterbox campaign: 'Same-sex marriage will affect kids'

Australian Christian Lobby material advocating a 'no' vote in the same-sex marriage postal vote.
Australian Christian Lobby material advocating a 'no' vote in the same-sex marriage postal vote. Matthew Newton

THE Australian Christian Lobby has begun its letterbox drop of Toowoomba, attempting to convince people that same-sex marriage will change what is taught in the nation's classrooms. 

The pamphlets, which are currently being distributed throughout the Garden City, are titled, "Three ways gay marriage will change the classroom". 

The information was prepared by the Coalition for Marriage, an entity directly linked to the Australian Christian Lobby. 

The first claim is that there will be "more radical gay and lesbian sex 'education' programs in schools". 

"If the law is changed to include gay marriage, schools will be obliged to teach gay and lesbian sexual activity in the classroom," the flyer states. 

"Radical programs like Safe Schools already teach kids about various forms of sexual activity and encourages sexual experimentation from an early age.

"Once gay marriage is legalised, programs like this will become widespread and even compulsory as has happened overseas." 

Australian Christian Lobby material advocating a 'no' vote in the same-sex marriage postal vote.
Australian Christian Lobby material advocating a 'no' vote in the same-sex marriage postal vote. Matthew Newton

The second claim is that "kids will be taught their gender is fluid".

"Once gender is removed from the marriage law it will quickly be removed from the classroom. Kids will be taught their gender is fluid, something they choose, not something they are born with." 

Finally, the Coalition for Marriage suggests the legalisation of same-sex marriage will lead to the "loss of parents' rights". 

"In other countries where gay marriage has been legalised, parents have found themselves in court after trying to pull their kids out of radical gay sex education classes." 

Australia's High Court five days ago ruled the government's postal ballot on same sex marriage would go ahead after weeks of uncertainty. 

The "vote yes" campaign is running a more positive pitch to voters, urging them to vote yes because "it is the right thing to do". 

More than 75 residents marched through the Toowoomba CBD in support of marriage equality last Friday. 

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten have both backed a "yes" vote. 

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