A BALLARAT surgeon is behind controversial leaflets opposing same-sex marriage being distributed around the city.
Frederick (Peter) Denton authorised the leaflets and said he was not affiliated with any political party.
"This is a major concern of mine," Dr Denton said.
"A child growing up needs a mother to develop their maternal side and a father as its male image."
On one side of the pamphlet, it shows a sad young girl. It says: "Catherine King voted for same-sex-marriage, but man-woman marriage is special because 'I need my Mum and Dad.' When you vote, put Catherine King last."
The other side says: "Same-sex marriage will mean same-sex education in kindergartens and schools."
Dr Denton said that it wasn't natural for two men or two women to be together.
"Sodomy is not a natural sexual act," he said.
"Politicians are talking about the stolen generation but don't realise they're creating another stolen generation - children being brought up without a mother and father."
"Politicians are talking about the stolen generation but don't realise they're creating another stolen generation"
He said he believed the issue would become less topical after the election.
"When a new government is formed in Saturday it will die down, but when a Labor government is again elected in the future it will be discussed again," he said.
"Right now it is being promoted by a small and well-positioned minority who is pushing it.
"The issue will die down but no doubt it will come back."
Dr Denton said it would be an issue for schools as the campaigns were for marriage equality.
"Schools would have to make it equal in their teachings too... we see this in other countries that have legalised same-sex marriage."