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This Is All The "Respectful Debate" On Day One Of The Postal Vote Campaign

Proponents of a public vote on same-sex marriage often say it will be a "respectful debate"...but here's what we've had just one day after it was announced.

Former speaker Bronwyn Bishop ran the "slippery slope" argument — conflating same-sex marriage with bestiality.

Bronwyn Bishop: The institution of marriage is being tampered with, it could led to polygamy. MORE:…

"You've got professor Peter Singer AC who believes that...if there is sex between humans and animals that's fine, so long as they're both satisfied."

At least she didn't mention socialism.

Liberal assistant minister for immigration and border protection Alex Hawke expressed concern that people may be "sued for expressing their religious freedom".

.@AlexHawkeMP: I'm conservative on marriage, I don't want to see people sued for expression of religious freedom.…

John "Wacka" Williams told Lateline that he doesn't get to marry everyone he loves either.

Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott suggested people vote no in the plebiscite because it's about...freedom of speech.

.@TonyAbbottMHR says 'well done' to @TurnbullMalcolm for sticking with a plebiscite on same-sex marriage. More:…

"If you don’t like same-sex marriage: vote no. If you are worried about freedom of speech and freedom of religion, vote no; and if you don’t like political correctness, vote no, because this is the best way to stop it in its tracks."

Then on 2GB on Wednesday afternoon, the former PM said encouraged people to vote no if they don't like being "pushed around by lobby groups" and said "politically correct activists" are engaged in "a war on our way of life".

Openly-gay monarchist and former head of the Australian Broadcasting Authority David Flint told 2GB that people could change their genders and, using an "extreme example", go and rape women in bathrooms.

The Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) is already arguing that the plebiscite isn't about same-sex marriage but "freedom of speech" and "Safe Schools".

"There is no greater threat to freedom of conscience and freedom of speech than same-sex marriage," ACL managing director Lyle Shelton said in a statement. "Gender fluid ideology is its fellow traveller and the next great ‘step forward’, according to the UK Government, which redefined marriage in 2013."