Mothers and Fathers Matter issue press release on the 'poster thing'
Mothers and Fathers Matter have dismissed the controversy surrounding a couple who appear on their 'No' posters.
The group, who are campaigning for a No vote in the upcoming same sex marriage referendum, take aim at Amnesty International Ireland and Director of Amnesty International Ireland Colm O'Gorman. Amnesty are campaigning for a 'Yes' vote, and Mr O'Gorman recently appeared on the high profile Late Late Show debate on the issue during which he spoke for the 'Yes' side.
Earlier today, Amnesty International issued a statement from the couple who appear on the No posters, stating they would be very much in favour of a 'Yes' vote, and were shocked to see their image used on the poster.
Mothers and Fathers Matter issued a statement on the matter shortly afterwards, which was emailed to media outlets around the country with the subject line: "Ok, you all want to talk about this poster thing, apparently. Here's our response."
Under the headline 'Mothers and Fathers Matter issues response to Amnesty Learning About Stock Photos and Stuff', the statement read: "Mothers and Fathers Matter issue the following statement in response to Amnesty International's decision to spend a second day of this campaign talking about the views of Australian stock models: 'We're just worried that Colm O'Gorman will be shocked and appalled as he discovers the family in the coke ad actually like pepsi'."
Read more here: Couple used in 'No' campaign said to be 'appalled' by posters
Earlier today, the couple, who wish to remain anonymous, circulated a statement through Amnesty saying they had posed for the images for a photographer friend who was looking to add to his portfolio.
"No money was exchanged – we got nice photos for free, they got nice images for their portfolio. As part of this agreement, we agreed to let them upload them to a stock photo album.
"We knew that these were available for purchase and we gave permission. Perhaps, naïvely, we imagined that on the off chance that any was ever selected, it might be for a small magazine or website."
"We completely support same-sex marriage, and we believe that same-sex couples’ should of course be able to adopt, as we believe that they are equally able to provide children with much-needed love and care. To suggest otherwise is offensive to us, and to many others," they said.
"Discrimination on the grounds of sexuality has no place in the 21st century. If we were residents of Ireland, not the UK, we would vote Yes for marriage equality."
"Above all we hope that children in Ireland, will be guaranteed the equality that our children enjoy, and will be able to grow up in a society which guarantees them full equality before the law, no matter who they love when they eventually go on to form adult, loving, committed relationships."