Lyle Shelton of the Australian Christian Lobby wrote a post in his blog concerning marriage equality in Australia. “Changing the definition of marriage to entrench motherless and fatherlessness in public policy and teaching our kids their gender is fluid should be opposed. The cowardice and weakness of Australia’s ‘gatekeepers’ is causing unthinkable things to happen, just as unthinkable things happened in Germany in the 1930s.
“Perhaps we have moved beyond cowardice to complicity.” He added: “Now I know some of my friends in the gay community will be saying ‘there Shelton goes again – comparing us to Nazis’ Not so, the issues Australia faces are bigger than the rainbow political agenda.”
The lobbyist insisted he is “not saying people who dissent to today’s cultural and political orthodoxy are about to be arrested by thugs wearing jackboots” – but despite his attempted mitigation, campaigners were shocked by the comments.