The Ad Doesn’t Lie: Boys told can wear dresses

The Herald Sun, Andrew Bolt

The Age omits a key detail in trying to discredit the TV ad opposing same-sex marriage.

Its report:

A Melbourne principal has disputed a mother’s claim – aired in an anti same-sex marriage TV ad – that her son was told he could wear a dress to school.

Cella White, who has previously appeared in videos attacking the Safe Schools program and whose claims have been heavily promoted by the Australian Christian Lobby, is one of three mothers featured in the Coalition for Marriage’s debut TV ad which aired on Tuesday night.

“The school told my son that he could wear a dress to school next year if he wanted,” Ms White says in the 30-second commercial.

But the principal of the school in question, Frankston High, said Ms White’s claim had no substance.

“We checked with all the teachers; it never happened,” John Albiston said.

“I have never had any complaints that we advised the boys they could wear dresses. We didn’t offer them that option.”

But wait. There’s one critical detail missing from The Age‘s story (which, by the way, is disputed by the mum).

That detail? The Safe Schools program the school is part of indeed includes material saying boys should be allowed to wear a dress to school. Check the poster.

And the Safe Schools material suggests girls wear boys’ uniforms:

If The Age think’s the mum’s claim is a dirty trick to discredit the same-sex marriage lobby, it should – to be consistent – denounce this Safe Schools material.

It will, won’t it?

Or is this another case of defending the side, not the principle?

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