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Local man threatened over ‘vote no’ stance

Cameron Phillips doesn’t want same-sex marriage to be legalised. Photo: Kate Reid

Cameron Phillips wants the local community to know that he doesn’t have a problem with homosexuals, he just wants democracy in his hometown.

The 67-year-old, who has been living in Springwood for most of his life, claims he has recently experienced abuse and is even getting threatened because of his stance against legalising same-sex marriage.

For the past few weeks, Mr Phillips has been campaigning in Springwood’s Town Centre, handing out political pamphlets and letting passerbyers know that it’s OK to vote ‘no’ in the postal vote.

“People should have the freedom to vote the way they want to and not be afraid to vote ‘no’,” Mr Phillips told the Record.

The local man, who worked as a nurse for several years, said he is for the ‘no’ vote because he doesn’t want the institution of marriage, that has served the community for years, to be changed.

“I’m perplexed and confused that this is an option,” Mr Phillips said.

“There’s potential for a major social structure change and I am endeavouring to have a Christian outlook in all of this.”

Last Wednesday, Mr Phillips went to local police after being told by an angry man that he will be forced out of town by Saturday.

“I’m not afraid or intimated by the aggressive people I’ve encountered,” Mr Phillips said.

“I’ve been spat on and called names, but that’s OK.”

Although Mr Phillips agrees that it is not fair to control a person who identifies as a homosexual or their happiness, he said he has a problem with the freedom of the gay approach.

“I’ve heard stories about children who are being encouraged to turn gay,” Mr Phillips said.

“I’ve been told they recruit people in schools.

“I’ve had dozens of people come up to me in the street saying that they support me and what I’m doing here.”

Last week, the Australian Bureau of Statistics started distributing survey packages to homes in Australia with voting forms inside.

While the voting process takes place, Mr Phillips said he is going to continue to campaign in Springwood and possibly neighbouring villages.

“I didn’t plan on getting involved in this but I just want democracy to reign free,” he said.