Sun 18th Mar, 2012 in Local News
This morning in Lismore, Christian activist Peter Madden woke to find his gay-hating truck has been “loved and enhanced” by a group of queer spray-painters overnight.
And this morning, blockade of the truck has begun as a growing number of protesters gather to ensure the vehicle’s libellous and false message – that marriage equality would somehow harm children – does not roll out.
“If we have our way, this truck won’t be going anywhere fast,” one of the protesters tells Same Same this morning.
Over forty people have now assembled outside the truck, which is located over the road from Lismore’s Hungry Jacks food outlet. The police have arrived, and this photo shows Madden at the scene:
The planned Queensland Election Prayer Rally Tour was set to visit Byron Bay, Gold Coast and then the Sunshine Coast before arriving in Brisbane on Thursday. Aiming to show “the dark side of same-sex marriage”, the truckstop schedule includes a prayer rally taking place at King George Square on the 22nd of March just ahead of the state’s election on March 24.
When the truck’s imagery was revealed last week (shown above before the protest action), LGBT activists were understandably upset. Queensland equal rights advocate Phil Browne slammed the Prayer Rally Tour as “vilification” and “derogatory and offensive to most Queenslanders.” The wording and photography “denigrate gays by promoting a skewed and inaccurate message,” he added.