Same-sex marriage mural in Australia vandalized

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A mural of rainbow wings in support of same-sex marriage in Melbourne was damaged last night. The writing on the mural which read “I’m voting Yes for marriage equality” was sprayed over. The vandalism of the mural was spotted by twitter user @AtticusThomas that lives close to the mural. The mural was painted by street artist Van Rudd last week. This is the third set of wings that the artist has painted in the lead-up to the postal survey, The artist told Pedestrian that his first mural: “didn’t see the light of day” and was promptly painted over, whilst the second was also defaced with a large ‘No.’ The postal surveys are due to be sent out from today, and the polling will last until November 7. The vandalism comes shortly after the proposal of temporary laws designed to prevent some of the bigotry that has surfaced in the run-up to the postal vote. These emergency laws are designed to prevent “vilifying” or “intimidating” people based on their sexual orientation or religious convictions during the postal survey.

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