A gay safe sex campaign in Brisbane, Australia has been reinstated after the Australian Christian Lobby successfully launched a bid to have it banned.The campaign, in various bus shelters around the city featured a gay couple embracing while holding a condom packet, the slogan was ‘Rip and Roll’.
They were taken down yesterday after Advertising company, Adshel, Brisbane city council and the advertising standards bureau received 30 complaints about the ads.
It later emerged that all the complaints stemmed from a co-ordinated attack by the Christian lobby.
Adshel CEO Steve Mcarthy told ABC news, “It has now become clear Adshel has been the target of a coordinated ACL campaign,”
“This has led us to review our decision to remove the campaign, and we will therefore reinstate the campaign with immediate effect.”
To defend their actions the ACL now claim their complaints referred to the promotion of safe sex rather than homosexuality.
Spokesperson Wendy Francis commented, “This has absolutely nothing to do with gay couples.”
“This has nothing to do with anything other than another condom ad in a bus shelter, where the children are catching buses to school and billboards where their parents are stopping at lights. I will continue to fight sexual imagery in our outdoor advertising until we can get it removed.”