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65 Times The Same-Sex Marriage Debate Was Definitely Not Respectful

"Australians are able, and have demonstrated, that they can have a respectful discussion." — Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull, August 8, 2017.

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1. Bronwyn Bishop conflated homosexuality with bestiality (but at least she didn't mention socialism).

Bronwyn Bishop: The institution of marriage is being tampered with, it could led to polygamy. MORE:… https://t.co/T7Q2a0R6H8

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2. ABC host Michael Rowland received a foul anti-gay postcard ... disguised with a cupcake on the front.

And it looked liked such a lovely postcard.. Guess the campaign is well and truly underway. #ssm #auspol… https://t.co/T8CRy6tdXT

3. Tim Minchin called "no" voters "bigoted cunts" in a song that went viral.

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4. Lyle Shelton doubled down on his Stolen Generation comparison with the kids of gay parents.

Lyle Shelton refuses to withdraw the ACL's statement that Marriage Equality will create a 'stolen generation' of ki… https://t.co/LntWu8hGaC

5. Tony Abbott accused Penny Wong of "moral bullying" for defending her family against Shelton's comments.

Tony Abbott suggests Penny Wong, in standing up for her family, was “moral bullying" https://t.co/7n2636CpJG

6. Kevin Andrews compared gay relationships to his "cycling mates".

.@kevinandrewsmp: I have a relationship with my cycling mates, but the law has no place in that relationship… https://t.co/BhwTzepKzV

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7. At least one Stop The Fags poster appeared in Melbourne.

Spotted in Melbourne - Heffernan Lane. How is this for a unity moment? @TurnbullMalcolm @cityofmelbourne @AdamBandt… https://t.co/fjL0kA5MS6

It generated a lot of controversy after Channel 10 doctored a copy of the same poster to make it look as if it appeared on a bus shelter.

10. Gay monarchist David Flint said he was opposed to marriage equality because people will change genders and ... it's all very confusing.

Gay monarchist David Flint arguing against marriage equality because... bathrooms or something.… https://t.co/qtDcYqGKJT

11. Someone posted white powder to the Australian Christian Lobby.

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14. GP Pansy Lai received threats of physical violence after she appeared in a "no" campaign ad, and was subject to a petition calling for her deregistration.

15. Resources minister Matt Canavan told people to "grow a spine and grow up" if they're upset by the debate.

. @mattjcan says can’t we ‘just grow a spine and grow up’ on same sex marriage debate which ‘hasn’t been that bad’… https://t.co/KryBE8dKP5

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17. A caller to ABC Melbourne praised Hitler for murdering gay people in concentration camps, live on air.

18. Police intervened after hundreds of "yes" supporting students at Sydney University protested a booth set up to promote the "no" side. Some scuffles broke out.

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20. Kevin Rudd's godson, Sean, was allegedly assaulted after he confronted a man who was ripping down rainbow flags.

So many warnings to Turnbull about what the postal vote cld unleash. Now my godson Sean has been punched standing… https://t.co/VtdKoWi10Y

21. The AFL was evacuated after a hoax threat call, the day after it put up a "yes" sign outside its headquarters. (The AFL boss said he doesn't know if it was related to the sign.)

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22. A children's birthday party entertainment company cut ties with an 18-year-old contractor after she said on social media she would be voting "no".

23. Astro "DJ Funknukl" Labe allegedly headbutted Tony Abbott, who immediately used the incident to warn against voting "yes". (Labe later said it had nothing to do with marriage, and he simply wanted to "headbutt that cunt".)

24. A straight couple in Ballarat had their wedding cancelled by their local Presbyterian church after the bride-to-be posted on Facebook supporting same-sex marriage.

26. On the same weekend, swastikas were painted on rainbow flags displayed at three Brisbane houses, sparking a Queensland police investigation.

27. Tony Abbott and the Coalition for Marriage supported calls to ban Macklemore from performing Same Love at the National Rugby League Grand Final.

28. Catholic archbishop Mark Coleridge argued against same-sex marriage by saying, “I mean, parents can’t marry their children. Children can’t marry their parents. Sibling marrying sibling has always been ruled out."

29. The Coalition For Marriage said one its volunteers was subject to a "brutal physical attack" in Victoria, and assault charges were laid.

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30. A transgender 16-year-old was allegedly assaulted in Hobart. She says the survey has made her feel less safe.

31. Queensland deputy premier Jackie Trad revealed she has been targeted with anti-gay emails and Nazi stickers.

32. Literally someone tried to kick a dog wearing a pro-marriage equality bandana.

So some mouth-breathing cretin in the park tried to kick my dog while shouting homophobic slurs. Australia you have… https://t.co/w5wCiwxNMm

33. Quadrant published an article that said LGBTI people are "not only not normal, they are not natural". And worse.

#respectfuldebate. This is truly vile stuff from Quadrant. https://t.co/QJr2QijqrU

34. "Straight Lives Matter" activist and white nationalist Nick Folkes ran a series of protests in LGBTI-friendly areas, trying to provoke people into responding.

Nick Folkes and the Straight Lives Matter guys are in Newtown being antagonistic and filming responses.… https://t.co/6xMXQHajWo

35. Two churches in Melbourne's southeast were graffitied with the slogans "crucify Christians" and "bash bigots", as well as a swastika being equated to a cross.

36. Pauline Hanson used Senate question time to ask if same-sex marriage will lead to polygamy, or underage marriages.

Hanson asks what will stop polygamous marriages and marriages for people under 16. #senateQT

37. This ad.

Quite the ad on page 4 of The Australian today

38. This ad.

The information in @LyleShelton's ad in the @dailytelegraph is flat out wrong. It's not "how the law works". 1/2… https://t.co/MM0jUzZqW8

39. A woman was kicked out of her church of 22 years for supporting same-sex marriage.

Last night, my wonderful mother was kicked out of her church of 22 years and refused communion for wearing a marriage equality badge.

40. Police investigated after a transgender 13-year-old was allegedly harassed on a tram by a man wearing a "vote no" badge.

41. Someone graffitied cars and walls in Enmore in Sydney's inner west with "no".

Some bigot went around Enmore last night spray painting 'no'. The respectful debate: vandalising property to tell p… https://t.co/vsy1YgCRTq

42. Two protesters interrupted a church service to campaign against same-sex marriage. They were drowned out by a gay-friendly hymn.

44. And this anti-gay banner in Brisbane was very confused about anatomy.

This was reportedly hung across above the M1 at Logan yesterday and my friends, the ILLUSTRATIONS.

45. Columnists really loved calling LGBTI people fascists.

#RespectfulDebate? Gays were tortured & murdered by Nazis. These headlines are vile. #VoteYes for #MarriageEquality

47. There was a flyer that tried to compare same-sex marriage to seat belts? IDK.

Oh. My. God. They actually whipped out the seatbelt analogy. Received in letter boxes of Victoria this morning. Act… https://t.co/JbnPJUbuGW

The reality was much more confusing.

Got the straight seatbelt on flight to Melbourne. Zero stars.

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

50. A 14-year-old received death threats from a school friend's dad over supporting same-sex marriage.

Girl, 14, receives death threats from school friend's father over same-sex marriage stance. https://t.co/pDMBpAGVt7… https://t.co/s1YKSjKuyX

51. The former head of Woolworths, Roger Corbett, tried on his own unique analogy.

Roger Corbett: "a black man and a white man are equal but a black man will never be a white man, and vice versa" 😱@abc730

52. Some old people chanted "Vote No" at Labor politician Penny Sharpe, her partner and kids at the shops.

TFW two 65yo + people start chanting #voteno at your partner & kids while they are sitting in the car at the shops. #respectfuldebate

53. Flyers in Chinese warned people not to vote Labor, so as to protect children from learning "how to sponke their monkeys".

As hurtful and offensive as this is... all I really want to discuss is how one "sponke their monkeys"

54. There were many terrible flyers delivered to people's houses. Like these.

Being delivered in Melbourne, more of Liberal coalition #RespectfulDebate @TurnbullMalcolm… https://t.co/kAUs05UjqE

55. And these.

Delivered to the Junkee office in Surry Hills today

57. Leading "No" campaigner Lyle Shelton told BuzzFeed News that parents should be allowed to send their children to gay conversion therapy.

61. After his Nationals party insisted on the postal survey, now-booted deputy PM Barnaby Joyce told marriage equality campaigners to get out of his face.

62. Prominent "no" spokesperson David van Gend said homosexuality is "a disordered form of behaviour".

63. A cafe in Tasmania received arson threats for supporting same-sex marriage.

64. "Keep your rainbow drapes to yourself."

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65. Tony Abbott left the country to speak to a group that has previously supported criminalisation of homosexuality in some countries.

Lane Sainty is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Sydney, Australia.

Contact Lane Sainty at lane.sainty@buzzfeed.com.

Josh Taylor is a news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Sydney.

Contact Josh Taylor at josh.taylor@buzzfeed.com.

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