The marriage plebiscite is a referendum on freedom of speech and “safe schools” according to the Australian Christian Lobby.

ACL Managing Director Lyle Shelton said people concerned about freedom and what their children will be taught should vote “no”.

“Who people love is not a matter for the government but the consequences of redefining marriage are matters for all Australians.

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

While he had concerns with the rushed process with ballot papers going out on September 12, Mr Shelton welcomed the opportunity for all Australians to have a say and called on parliamentarians on both sides of the debate to respect the will of the people.