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Tuesday, June 12, 2012



The Australian Christian Lobby has called on the Greens and gay activists to tone down the language they are using publicly in the marriage debate.



Mr Wallace said he could not understand why those who claim to be “hurt” by the Prime Minister’s respectful confirmation of marriage on the ABC Q & A programme last night, could at the same time maintain the level of abuse that is levelled at defenders of marriage.



“As a Christian I am not just hurt but deeply offended to be constantly referred to as a “gay hater” and worse by activists as they pursue their relentless campaign to impugn character and reputation,” said Mr Wallace.



“Many Christians will hate alcohol or problem gambling, and are critical of it, but they love the problem gambler and the alcoholic which is why they reach out to them nightly on our streets.



“ACL believes in marriage and does so without employing the hate language that supporters of marriage are subjected to daily from gay activists and even today as Sarah Hanson-Young did in calling ACL’s campaign a ‘hate campaign’,” said Mr Wallace.



“If there is any honesty in the media, it must hold Ms Hanson-Young to account for this and her claim that the lobby represents nobody, when Channel 7’s Sunrise admitted last Saturday that it had received over 15,000 emails – 90 per cent of which were critical of its activism and largely attribute by Sunrise to ACL supporters.”



“I and the ACL do not hate anyone, let alone same-sex attracted people. Using pejoratives like ‘haters’ and ‘extremists’ to describe ACL is tantamount to intimidation tactics designed to cause us and others to stand aside from the debate,” Mr Wallace said.



“There is a legitimate public debate going on in this nation about changing the definition of marriage. Taking a position on either side of this debate doesn’t make anyone a hater or an extremist,” Mr Wallace said.



Mr Wallace also praised Prime Minister Julia Gillard for the defence of marriage she gave on Q&A last night.



“While the activist Geoff Thomas was heartfelt in his concern, the PM was right to point out that his claims about inequality were wrong following law reform supporting same-sex couples passed in 2008,” Mr Wallace said.