Are marriage equality opponents dehumanizing gays?

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Pro-gay marriage supporters march and hold placards in a rally for their rights in Sydney on June 25, 2016. Hundreds of supporters of gay marriage marched through the streets of the central business district of Sydney for their rights. / AFP / SAEED KHAN (Photo credit should read SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)

The head of Australia’s equal marriage campaign has accused opponents of portraying gays as non-humans. Ahead of the vote, the tactics of the ‘No’ campaign has come under fire with campaigners claiming that letting same-sex couples marry is ‘political correctness’ and ‘radical gender theory’, as well as accusing same-sex couples of stealing kids from straight people and promoting ‘transgender marriage’. Speaking at the National Press Club this week, the head of the Equality Campaign said gay people are dehumanized this way as well as it was in Ireland. “It becomes frustrating, too, because, of course, our opponents are out there and they are active and what’s so similar to Ireland as it is here is you can just see it is the same rule book here as it was in Ireland. If you want to discriminate against someone, the first thing you have to do is dehumanise them, you have to stop allowing people to realise this is a ‘who’, not a ‘what’ and start pretending it is a strange idea in the corner,” Tiernan Brady said adding that the arguments they used are aimed to make people think that the problem of marriage equality is not a human problem.

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