Publisher claims printers want anti-gay job

The publisher of a controversial anti-gay marriage book rejected by Opus-owned McPherson’s Printing Group claims printers across Australia are queuing up to print the book.

The publisher of the anti-gay marriage tome, Anthony Cappello from Connor Court, told ProPrint it has received a number of offers to print the book following the news that McPherson’s had refused to print it.

According to Capello, McPherson’s main rival Griffin Press is among those who reached out to the publisher after yesterday’s story published on ProPrint.

Cappello says the publisher ‘would rather not say’ which printer they will eventually choose to print the book, however he claimed numerous of sales reps have contacted the group to offer their services.

The publisher has already contracted an unknown digital printer to take the book for an initial short run, however it says it will ‘have to choose a printer soon’ for the main run. 

McPherson’s Printing Group rejected the print job after senior management from parent company Opus said the ‘subject matter and content’ meant it could not proceed with the printing.

Following the bookbinder’s snub of the title, Connor Court informed ProPrint it would no longer print its books with McPherson’s despite a ten-year long relationship.

Comments on the ProPrint website yesterday were overwhelmingly supportive of the McPherson’s stance.

The book in question is titled Stealing from a child: The injustice of marriage inequality, authored by Dr David van Gend, a well-known conservative lobbyist against same-sex marriage. 

After McPherson’s rejection of his title, van Gend publicly stated, “I defy anyone to find a single word in my book that should not be printed. They should not try to shut down our side of the debate by banning a book.”

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