Mandela Foundation slams anti marriage equality flyers

THE Nelson Mandela Foundation has protested against the use of Mr Mandela's name and image in advertising campaigning against marriage equality in Australia.

The international foundation released a statement on Friday objecting to the "misuse" of Mr Mandela's legacy.

"It has come to the attention of the Nelson Mandela Foundation that the words and image of Nelson Mandela are being used to infer that he was opposed to same sex marriage. The Nelson Mandela Foundation would like to correct this misrepresentation," the foundation said in a statement.

"As South Africa's first democratically elected president, Nelson Mandela signed into law a constitution that stood for the rights of all."

Mr Mandela's image was used on a flyer produced by a group called Children's Future and dropped into homes in Sydney.

The group labels itself as a grass-roots organisation opposed to same-sex marriage and the Safe Schools program.

Its flyer included a quote from Mr Mandela saying "Children are our greatest treasure. They are our future."

Beneath his picture, the flyer urged parents to 'protect their children' by opposing the program Safe Schools.

The anti-bullying program is designed to help LGBTI young people and has been a target of groups opposed to marriage equality.

Buzzfeed's Lane Sainty reported the flyers were dropped in letterboxes in the Sydney suburb of Hornsby.

The Nelson Mandela Foundation said same-sex marriage had been legal in South Africa since November 2006.

"We object to the misuse of the legacy of someone who worked precisely for the recognition of such rights," the foundation said.

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