Woman sues for use of image in No campaign
DEFAMATION allegations have been made against the Coalition for Marriage by a Canberra woman whose photo was used in an article entitled: Tonight, a test for the extremists of the "Yes” campaign.
The photo showed Jill Moran, a 26-year-old public servant, holding a rainbow flag at a rally in August 2017 and was used on the Coalition for Marriage website directly above allegations accusing Yes Campaigners of violent protesting, extremism, bullying and intimidation.
Ms Moran said the photo was taken at a peaceful rally.
"I felt sick to my stomach when I saw my photo on the Coalition for Marriage website ... I am a passionate supporter of marriage equality and I am proud to campaign publicly, but it is completely untrue and hurtful to paint me as violent or a political extremist,” she said.
"The Coalition for Marriage has effectively accused me of violent bullying and extremist behaviour with absolutely no justification.”
Ms Moran is being repre- sented by Slater and Gordon Lawyers on a pro-bono basis.
Defamation lawyer Phil Johnston said Ms Moran's photo remained on the website despite requests for its removal.
"We have written to the Coalition for Marriage requesting Jill's photo be removed and an apology and correction issued, but this is yet to happen,” Mr Johnston said.
"If a reasonable response is not received within 28 days from the letter (September 25), we will be issuing defamation proceedings.”