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Friday, December 2nd, 2011



On the eve of Labor’s historic vote on marriage, 20 of Australia’s senior church and denominational leaders have urged the Government to protect the definition of marriage in Australian law.



The Joint Statement on the Significance of Marriage and the names of the signatories is below.



Joint Statement on the Significance of Marriage



Marriage is the lifelong commitment and faithful union of one man and one woman. As such, marriage is the natural basis of the family because it secures the relationship between biological parents and their children.



As Christian leaders representing different denominations or churches, we join together and affirm our shared commitment to promote and protect marriage. We honour the unique love between husbands and wives; the vital place of fathers and mothers in the life of children; and the corresponding ideal for all children to know the love and role modelling of a father and mother.



Marriage thus defined is a great good in itself, and it also serves the good of others and society, as it has done for thousands of years. The preservation of the unique meaning of marriage is therefore not a special or limited interest, but serves the common good, particularly the good of children.





We call on Government to:



  •  protect this definition of marriage in Australian law, and


  •  not change the meaning of marriage by adding to it different kinds of relationships.




 































































































Pastor Wayne Alcorn

National President

AUSTRALIAN CHRISTIAN CHURCHES
The Most Reverend Peter Jensen

Archbishop of the Diocese of Sydney

ANGLICAN CHURCH OF AUSTRALIA
Pastor Tim Jack

National Leader

APOSTOLIC CHURCH AUSTRALIA
Pastor David McDonald

National Chairman

CHRISTIAN OUTREACH CENTRE AUSTRALIA
The Right Reverend Peter Brain

Bishop of Armidale

ANGLICAN CHURCH OF AUSTRALIA
His Eminence Cardinal George Pell AC

Archbishop of Sydney

CATHOLIC ARCHDIOCESE OF SYDNEY
Pastor Mark Conner

Senior Minister

CITYLIFE CHURCH
Pastor Bill Vasilakis

National Chairman

CRC CHURCHES INTERNATIONAL
Rev Dr Gordon Moore

Chairman

AUSTRALIAN PENTECOSTAL

MINISTERS FELLOWSHIP (APMF)
Rev’d Dr Mike Semmler

President of the Church

LUTHERAN CHURCH OF AUSTRALIA
Very Reverend Father Tadros El-Bakhoumi

Diocese Of Sydney And Affiliation Regions

COPTIC ORTHODOX CHURCH
His Grace Bishop Suriel

Diocese of Melbourne and Affiliated Regions

COPTIC ORTHODOX CHURCH
Commissioner James Condon

Territorial Commander

THE SALVATION ARMY EASTERN TERRITORY
Commissioner Raymond Finger

Territorial Commander

THE SALVATION ARMY SOUTHERN TERRITORY
Pastor Ken Vogel

General Secretary, Australian Union Conference

SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH
Pastor Graham Nelson

Senior Minister

LIFE MINISTRY CENTRE
The Right Reverend David Jones

Moderator General

PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF AUSTRALIA
The Right Reverend Bishop Irinej

Metropolitanate of Australia and New Zealand

THE SERBIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH
Very Rev Dr Michael Protopopov OAM

Australian & New Zealand Diocese

RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH OUTSIDE RUSSIA
Reverend Lindsay Cameron

National Superintendent

WESLEYAN METHODIST CHURCH OF AUSTRALIA
The Most Reverend Philip Wilson

President

AUSTRALIAN CATHOLIC BISHOPS CONFERENCE
Pastor Dale Stephenson

Senior Pastor

CROSSWAY BAPTIST CHURCH