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Anger erupts over rainbow noose image

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Australian anti-gay-marriage group Marriage Alliance has depicted a woman with a rainbow noose around her neck in its latest internet campaign.

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The group is claiming that same-sex marriage will increase suicide because people who are against it will be bullied over their views if it becomes law.

The group posted a campaign image on social media saying “same sex marriage increases PC bullying in the workplace”, with a picture of a sad-looking woman with a rainbow-coloured noose around her neck.

Mental health advocacy group beyondblue tweeted to the group and condemned them for their “harmful” message.

“@MarriageAll we’re advocating strongly in this space to reduce stigma & harmful messages around suicide like this,” their tweet said.

“You may not have thought about it, but you may want to consider the harm that depicting someone in a noose may cause.”

Social media has erupted with thousands of angry comments, many calling the group out for their lack of evidence.

“This is sick. You can’t come up with a real argument to support your nasty hate so you resort to this hateful fantasy. Shame,” David Fowles wrote.

The Marriage Alliance was unapologetic.

* Readers seeking support and information about suicide prevention can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467.

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