Media Release



Monday, May 21st, 2012



Revelations today that proponents of group marriage are using the Greens-inspired Senate Inquiry into same-sex marriage to also push for equality underscores the nonsense of changing the Marriage Act, according to the Australian Christian Lobby.



“If same-sex marriage is all about equal love, it is not possible to deny the love of people in these sorts of relationships as well,” ACL Managing Director Jim Wallace said.



Even the former High Court Justice Michael Kirby admitted before the recent Senate hearings in Sydney that changing the definition of marriage to include same-sex couples could lead to further redefinition in the future:



“The question that is before the parliament at the moment is the question of equality for homosexual people. There may be, in some future time, some other question. The lesson in courts and in the parliament, I suggest, is that you take matters step by step.”[i]



Mr Wallace said the Greens need to explain what they mean by ‘marriage for all’ and why they propose a definition in its ‘marriage equality’ bill before Parliament of marriage that will exclude polyamorous love.



Rebecca Dominguez, the former president of PolyVic, which promotes group marriage, made a submission to the Senate Inquiry seeking to change the definition of marriage.



She and one of the three other people living in a group relationship, said today they hoped in decades to come further redefinitions of marriage might occur.



Meanwhile, public support for same-sex marriage continues to plummet.



A Galaxy poll in February had support for same-sex marriage at 62 per cent. A Galaxy poll commissioned by the Sunday Telegraph and the Herald Sun and published yesterday showed that support had dropped to 50 per cent.



"Perhaps the public persecution of people like Professor Kuruvilla George, who resigned under pressure as board member of the Victorian Equal Opportunity Commission because of his support for man-woman marriage, is an important reason why support for marriage is not made public," Mr Wallace said.



"The public is starting to understand that there is no discrimination in Australian law against same-sex couples and they are seeing the intolerance and militancy of the activists through incidences like the purging of Professor George.



"The more we get away from the 'equal love' sound bite nature of the debate, the more Australian's become suspicious of the agenda of the same-sex activists and what redefining marriage means for our culture, particularly when two days of Senate hearings revealed no substantive discrimination against same-sex couples in Australian law," Mr Wallace said.



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[1] See page 13 on the http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/download/committees/commsen/457a861a-2648-4841-ba2b-0caf90331e3a/toc_pdf/Legal%20and%20Constitutional%20Affairs%20Legislation%20Committee_2012_05_03_986.pdf;fileType=application%2Fpdf#search=%22Legal%20and%20Constitution