Great courage has been shown this week in the fight to preserve marriage.
Faith leaders, a former deputy Prime Minister, a bold couple and an Archbishop are among those who have resisted the pressure to stay silent.
In terms of the politics, it is unlikely there will be any further moves to abolish “husband and wife” from the Marriage Act before Parliament rises next week for its long winter break.
But it is possible that during the break, a new bill might emerge to be introduced sometime after the August 10 resumption of Parliament.
We need to remain vigilant.
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten’s bill, introduced with great fanfare two weeks ago, will lapse and go no-where.
But in other developments, his deputy Tanya Plibersek, has retreated from her push to use a resolution at the ALP National Conference next month to force Labor parliamentarians to vote for redefining marriage.
Thanks to everyone who signed our petition urging Labor not to expel its parliamentarians for up-holding traditional marriage.
Last week, more than 40 Christian, Muslim and other faith leaders signed a letter to the Prime Minister
It urged reason. Stop the madness that says kids can be cut off from their parents. For life.
On Friday, former deputy Prime Minister, John Anderson, re-entered the fray
“We are in a cut flower society,” he told the Courier Mail.
“We have cut ourselves off from the plant that grew us and the soil that nurtured us.”
Courage to speak. Canberra’s Catholic Archbishop Christopher Prowse found it.
He sent a pamphlet home to every Catholic school kid in the diocese. It stated the obvious: gender matters in marriage, especially to kids.
It was dismissed by some in the Archbishop’s own Catholic school communities as “anti-LGBT propaganda”. Some parents went to the media.
Archbishop Prowse didn’t back down. He held his ground on behalf of the voiceless.
Silence at this time suits those wanting to use legislation to pull apart the institution of marriage.
My friends Nick and Sarah Jensen spoke up.
With the prospect of ‘husband and wife’ being removed from the Marriage Act, why would their marriage (and all of ours) not be rendered meaningless?
Misunderstood by friend and foe alike, they withstood a global media storm.
Many have been confused by the media splash. It is worth reading Nick’s original piece
and a follow-up article the Bible Society posted
after the dust settled.
Why should Bill Shorten and those wishing to redefine marriage be allowed to legislate away my status as Wendy’s husband? These terms mean something to us.
They mean everything to our kids.
Also speaking up for the rights of kids to know and be loved, wherever possible, by their mother and father was Dr David van Gend of the Australian Marriage Forum.His letter to 153 CEO’s who unthinkingly have backed changing the definition of marriage and family
, is worth reading. Perhaps you might be inspired to write to them.
I know one man who is withdrawing all his money from Westpac.
Yet silence and fear abounds in parts of the community because no one likes being called a bigot.
I hope the acts of courage we saw this week will continue.
The courage we muster in the next two months before Parliament resumes on August 10 will determine whether or not Australia embarks on one of the biggest social experiments in our life time.
It’s an experiment that will not be without consequences for children and for freedom of speech, conscience and religion.It is worth pondering John Anderson’s words
.“I think the emotional temperature is far too high for a logical debate.“I find the whole thing chilling.“I can’t see how we are going to live together in a tolerant society if we have a debate which deliberately attempts to silence and misconstrue what people of good conscience take as a traditional belief rather than aligning with what’s popular in the public square. “People of good conscience are being silenced and misconstrued and ignored.“We are being shouted down and called homophobic and bigots.”
The Courier Mail went on to say: Like many social conservatives, Anderson sees the breakdown of traditional marriage – “as an institution and idea” – as a cause of a “crisis for boys”
who are underperforming because they do not have fathers at home.
“Will we be able to talk about that or will this unbelievable number of kids be put to one side and not discussed?”